extreme cold warning

It's ridiculously cold in parts of Canada right now

The bitter cold has come early to parts of Canada this year, and it's not even officially Winter yet. 

Regions in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and northern Ontario are experiencing arctic temperatures and extreme colds warnings, that could last into the week according to Environment Canada. 

According to the Weather Network, the prairies are experiencing the coldest air of the season right now, and it's all due to cold air masses streaming across the pole from Siberia. 

Daytime highs won't break past -20 over the next couple days, even for major cities like Regina and Winnipeg.

In Manitoba, a whopping 14 extreme cold weather warnings have been issued by Environment Canada in the region. Temperatures are plunging into the minus thirties, and wind gust continue to make things worse in northern parts of the province.  

In eastern regions of Saskatchewan, temperatures near -30, along with westerly winds of 10 to 20 kilometres per hour, are creating wind chills that are reaching  -40, according to Environment Canada. As of Tuesday morning, eleven extreme cold warnings had been issues for parts of the province.  

In northern Ontario, Environment Canada has issued extreme cold warnings for ten areas of the province, with some temperatures as low as -45.

Environment Canada only issues extreme cold warnings when temperatures pose a risk of frostbite or hypothermia. 

The agency warns people in the cold front affected regions to cover up if headed outside, and to be aware of cold related health symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour changes in fingers and toes.

It's also a good idea to keep emergency supplies, such as extra blankets and jumper cables, in your vehicle when temperatures are this cold.

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