Freezing cold: 20-year records reached in Montreal
The Jacques-Cartier Bridge during the cold snap of January 2022.
Temperatures remain extremely low in the metropolis, which Saturday morning. Cold records, dating back twenty years, have been reached.
Mercury reads -27 degrees Celsius, for a felt temperature of -39. It had not been this cold in Montreal since February 2003, according to data from Environment Canada.
The federal agency has also issued an extreme cold warning for the metropolis as well as for all of Quebec.
“The presence of an air mass arctic combined with moderate winds will cause wind chill values between minus 38 and minus 50 this morning,” says Environment Canada.
Remember that’ an extreme cold warning is issued when wind chill or very cold temperatures present a high health hazard. With the current cold, the risks of hypothermia and frostbite are significant.
The temperature should experience a timid rise during the day, to be between -20 and -17 in Montreal.
Environment Canada indicates that the episode of extreme cold will end on Saturday in southwestern Quebec and Sunday morning in the east.
For its part, Hydro-Québec, which yesterday set a record for electricity consumption in the province, continues to ask its users to take steps to limit energy consumption.
“A second similar peak is expected on Saturday between 6 a.m. and noon,” details the state company.