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Record cold weather sweeps the west, beating previous lows set in the late 1800s

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    Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 12:40 PM -

    Brrr! Turning on your heat in mid July may seem strange, but some Albertans were forced to do that on Tuesday morning. 

    As much of eastern Canada bakes in extreme heat, a cool airmass and clear skies allowed parts of Alberta to reach new record low temperatures Tuesday morning. 

    The temperature at Medicine Hat Airport plunged to 5.9°C, beating the previous record low of 6.1 set back in 1887. 

    While the 4 degree start to the day in Edmonton was chilly, it wasn't quite cold enough to beat the current daily record of 3.3°C set in 1968. 

    The climate normal in Edmonton at this time of year is 23°C.

    Temperature records from Environment Canada: (These temperature records have not been quality controlled and are unofficial) 

    Location New Record Old Record Record Year Records Began
    Jasper Warden -0.5 1.7 1922 1916
    Medicine Hat Airport 5.9 6.1 1887 1884

    Rocky Mountain House  

    -0.1 0.6 1939 1917

    The following locations obtained near record temperatures:

    Location Min Temp Current Record Record Year Records Began
    Brooks 3.9 3 1982 1912
    Edmonton International Airport   4.0 3.3 1968 1961
    High Level Airport 1.2 0.1 1998 1967

    Tuesday's records

    Tuesday's records

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