Weather: ‘But it’s a dry cold’ as extreme cold warning continues with wind chill at -17

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The temperature swings of the winter of ’22 continues with another Arctic freeze — ahead of predicted rain later in the week.

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On the positive side, the weather will be bright and sunny.

Yesterday’s range went from a high of 2.1 C to a low of -19 C.

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s weather office is predicting sunny skies for Sunday.

Wind from the north 20 km/h will become light this morning and the forecast high is -13 C. Wind chill -33 this morning and -17 this afternoon. There’s a risk of frostbite. UV index 2 or low.

Tonight will be partly cloudy with a 30 per cent chance of flurries late this evening and overnight. Winds up to 15 km/h, and a low of -21 C. Wind chill minus 20 this evening and minus 28 overnight. There’s still a risk of frostbite.

The sunshine will return Monday for Valentine’s Day. Wind becoming west 20 km/h in the morning and a high of -13 C. Wind chill -29 in the morning and -19 in the afternoon. Risk of frostbite. UV index 2 or low.

Monday night, we should see a low of -16 C.

There’s a predicted high of -7 C for Tuesday, then 1 C for both Wednesday and Thursday, with rain or snow in the forecast.

Normals for this date are Max -4°C. , Min -13°C.

The sun rose at 7:07 am and will set at 5:26 pm

Just fyi, The Rideau Canal Skateway is ‘temporarily closed’ until further notice.

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As for Gatineau Park xc skiing, the NCC update at noon Saturday says, “Due to weather conditions, only a small portion of the network was groomed and trackset overnight. With temperatures dropping rapidly below zero today, skiing conditions can become changeable. You are asked to be vigilant.”

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