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Cold weather breaks records in 23 Saskatchewan communities

03/01/2014 10:54 EST | Updated 05/01/2014 05:59 EDT
At least two dozen communities across the province smashed cold weather records Saturday. 

Among them was Regina where the coldest it had ever been on March 1 was -37.2 C recorded in 1972. On Saturday by 7 a.m. CST, the mercury had dropped to -38.4 C.

At least 23 other communities across the province also reached new cold milestones, including Kindersley, Weyburn and Watrous. Of all the broken records, Swift Current broke the longest-standing one from 1962. Early in the day, Rosetown clocked in as the coldest Saskatchewan community at -40.7 C. 

In Saskatoon, the lowest temperature recorded on a March 1 was in 1962, when it reached -37.8 C. At 8 a.m. Sunday the city reached the -37 C point, but it did not break the record. 

Wind chill values also dip into the record books

If that's not cold enough for you, Environment Canada has also blanketed most of the province with an extreme wind chill warning for Saturday.

Regina, feeling as cold as -52 early Saturday, broke its previous wind chill record for the entire month of March of -49.2 in 1972. 

It's still a long way from the very coldest wind chill ever felt in the city, though. The all-time wind chill record is -59.2 set on Jan 17, 1962.

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