Brandon Sets a Low-Temperature Record
This is officially the coldest February 8th Brandon has ever experienced. The Wheat City broke a 42-year-old temperature record this morning. After several days of extreme cold warnings across the prairies causing the mercury to fall close to record status, a record was set today. At 5:00 a.m. this morning the old record of -36.1 set on February 8, 1979, was officially broken when the mercury dipped to -36.2. The new record for February 8th was officially set in the 7:00 a.m. hour when the temperature plunged to -37 with a recorded windchill of -52. Conversely, the highest temperature ever recorded on February 8th in Brandon was a balmy +3.3 set in 1945.
Yesterday’s low of -36.9 was .5 degrees off the record mark set in 1994 (-37.4). The record temp for February 6th (-36.7 set in 1967) was nearly broken this past Saturday when the mercury plummeted to -36.3. Tonight’s forecast overnight low of -30 is well off the record low of -38.4 set on February 9th, 1994.
According to Environment Canada, this current cold snap will stick around until at least Sunday when temps are expected to get up to -16 with mainly sunny conditions just in time for Valentine’s Day. A bit more seasonal high of -13 is expected by the middle of next week. Extreme Cold warnings will continue for most of this week as an Arctic ridge of high pressure has allowed for a very cold air mass to settle over southern Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba.
The normal average highs for this time of year is -9 Celsius while the average overnight low is -19 celsius.