Record cold weather sweeps the west, beating previous lows set in the late 1800s
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|
|Medicine Hat Airport||5.9||6.1||1887||1884|
Rocky Mountain House
The following locations obtained near record temperatures:
|Location||Min Temp||Current Record||Record Year||Records Began|
|Edmonton International Airport||4.0||3.3||1968||1961|
|High Level Airport||1.2||0.1||1998||1967|