Cold enough for ya? If you haven’t asked anyone that question over the past week, chances are someone asked it of you. That’s because it is cold outside. Indeed, climatologists have confirmed that the cold we experienced over the past week has shattered previous records.
Nov. 22 the minimum temperature that morning, according to the weather station in St. Anicet, was -16.8 degrees Celsius. The previous record at that station for that date was set in 2000 when the temperature dropped to -10.5. In Cornwall, the coldest Nov. 22 in recorded history was set in 1978, when the temperature dropped to -13.
Environment Canada’s Senior Climatologist David Phillips says Glengarrians have experienced weather last week that was even colder than the dead of winter, which usually hits around the third week of January. At that time, the morning low drops to about -13.5 and the afternoon high hits -5.
The morning of Friday, Nov. 23, was also particularly frosty. The St. Anicet station recorded a morning low of -20.7 degrees, or -24 with the wind chill. The previous record was set in Cornwall in 1972, when the low clocked in at a modest -13.3.
And if you think that last Wednesday, Nov. 21, was also cold enough for the record books, you’re not quite right. The temperature here dropped to -15.7 on that day, but it wasn’t the coldest Nov. 21 in recorded history. That happened in 1951 in Cornwall, when the tempera- ture was -16.7. Even so, the normal low for this time of year is only -5.
Mr. Phillips, who suspects that Glengarrians also saw record lows around the middle of the month, cautions residents not to succumb to the belief that the dipping mercury is a harbinger of a cruel winter.
“We’re just experiencing winter temperatures a month before winter hits,” he says.