Ornaments, courtesy of residents, dangled in trees at Three Mile Bend on Tuesday, where visitors strolled with their dogs. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Above average seasonal temperatures expected for New Year’s Day in Red Deer

Red Deerians who enjoy the outdoors can do so without the fear of bitter cold this weekend.

As the calendar flips to 2021, temperatures should remain slightly above seasonal on New Year’s Day, as well as Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday afternoon there was a potential for a few flurries, with wind gusts up to 15 km/h. The wind chill was minus eight in the morning and – 14 C in the afternoon. The coldest day on record for New Year’s Eve was – 40 C in 1951, while the warmest was a balmy 11 degrees in 1997.

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The greatest snowfall recorded in the region on New Year’s Eve was 6.9 centimeters in 1958.

New Year’s Day will feature a mix of sun and cloud, with wind gusts up to 40 km/h in the morning. The low temperature is expected to be – 4 C.

The coldest New Year’s Day on record in the city is minus 35.6 in 1950 and the warmest temperature was 7.2 in 1962. In 1949, the region saw a dumping of 9.9 cm of snow.