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NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover is currently exploring the Gale Crater. On Thursday, the daily high in that region of Mars hit -8C, making it warmer than parts of Canada and the U.S.

Mars officially warmer than Canada Thursday

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Saturday, January 10, 2015, 11:32 AM - NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover is currently exploring the Gale Crater. On Thursday, the daily high in that region of Mars hit -8C, making it warmer than parts of Canada and the U.S.

Mars is known for its chilly conditions, with an average temperature of -60 degrees Celsuis.

In Canada,  daytime temperatures hovered in the -20s and -- in some places -- the -40s with the wind chill Thursday. It's part of a trend that's grabbed hold of the country, and it will be around for a few more days at least.

The City of Toronto issued a cold warning triggering additional services in the area. Environment Canada also had parts of Newfoundland and Quebec under an extreme cold warning.

Officials are reminding residents to bundle up and avoid prolonged periods outdoors as frostbite and hypothermia can set in quickly.


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B.C. has been relatively unscathed by the chill, with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark in many places Thursday.

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