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Cold Breaks Valentine's Day Record Set In 1879

02/14/2016 07:20 EST | Updated 02/14/2016 07:59 EST
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TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 7: Morning commuters make their way to work at King and Bay St. in Toronto during a deep freeze, with temperatures feeling like -40 degrees. January 7, 2014.TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 7 - Morning commuters make their way to work at King and Bay St., January 7, 2014. Bernard Weil/Toronto Star (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

The weather on Valentine's Day was cold enough to freeze even the warmest of hearts in parts of Canada.

Quebec saw windchills reach -46 C, Newfoundland saw 30 centimetres of snowfall in some places and Ontario broke an astounding 17 records for low temperatures in one icy swoop.

Barrie, Ont. reached -33.3 C, which broke a Valentine's Day record set in 1879 when Sir John A. MacDonald was the prime minister.

A couple hundred kilometres away, Welland, Ont. plummeted to -26.9 C, beating out a the previous record from 1885, the same year that Louis Riel died.

And Quebec's frigid windchills were cold enough to freeze exposed skin in as little as five minutes.

It capped off a weekend of cold temperatures that affected many parts of eastern and central Canada.

But the tides are expected to turn over the next week, as the forecast shows temperatures surpassing the freezing mark in some parts of the country next weekend.


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