An online extreme weather chart listed Red Deer as the ninth coldest place in the world Tuesday morning.
The extreme cold warning issued a few days ago by Environment Canada continued Tuesday.
Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures, or the wind chill, creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia. People should watch for cold-related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.
In central Alberta, the coldest wind chill values will be between -45 C and -50 C.
Several rural school buses in central Alberta are cancelled for Tuesday due to the arctic temperatures. South Side Christian School and Destiny Christian School are both closed.
School bus cancellations included all Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools operating in Red Deer County for its schools in Blackfalds, Sylvan Lake, Olds, Innisfail and Rocky Mountain House. However, those schools remain open.
All buses for Wolf Creek Public Schools were cancelled and schools were closed. High schools will remain open only for students writing diploma exams.
Buses will not run for Chinook’s Edge School Division, but schools are open and classes are being held.
Wild Rose School Division buses will not run, but schools remain open for those that are able to be transported safely on their own.
Red Deer was forecast to reach a high of -32 C on Tuesday, with a wind chill -47 C this morning, and -38 C this afternoon. The low tonight is forecast to reach -40 C.
Environment Canada warns extreme cold conditions are expected to last through this week and even into Sunday for some regions.
If it’s too cold for human to stay outside, it’s too cold for pets.