Gary DeVon/staff photos

Dec. 31 recorded coldest in 2017 with wind chill in Red Deer

February 2017 recorded coldest day of 2017 without wind chill

Baby, it was cold outside.

On the final day of the year, Red Deerians experienced a temperature of -46 C, according to data received from Environment Canada, making it the coldest day of 2017 with the wind chill.

The wind chills started gripping most of Central Alberta in the deep -30’s C in late late month until Dec. 29 when temperature plunged to bone-chilling -40s C with the wind chill.

As for the lowest 2017 temperature, without the wind chill, the Red Deer Airport’s weather equipment hit -35 C Feb. 7. With the wind chill, the temperature plunged even deeper to -41 C.

On Dec. 31, the temperature, without the wind chill, was -34 C.

“So we came close to the February record (on Dec. 31) but not quite,” said senior meteorologist with Environment Canada Alysa Pederson.

The City of Red Deer broke three record highs in 2017.

On Feb. 16, Red Deer broke a 101 year record at 11.4 C. The old record was in 1916 at 11.1 C.

On Sept. 11, Red Deer broke a 59 year record at 29.2 C from 1958 at 28.9 C.

A third record was set Dec. 12 where the temperature reached an unseasonal high of 10. 7 C. The old record was set in 2002 at 10. 2 C.

SEE RELATED: Expect cooler temperatures and ‘dusting of snow’ this Christmas

Most Red Deerians may remember the wind storm in June 2017. On June 20, at 7:10 p.m., Red Deer recorded wind gust of 111 km/h.

But that number didn’t break any records said Pederson.

SEE RELATED: Freak storm leaves Red Deer in tatters

Red Deer recorded three other dates in 2017 when the winds were strong according to data from Environment Canada. On March 18, winds gusted to 85 km/h, on Sept. 2 winds gusted to 87 km/h and on Oct. 17 at 100 km/h.

The hottest day of 2017 was recorded on Sept. 2 at 32.8 C.

Just Posted

WATCH: Property taxes in Red Deer will go up 2.02 per cent in 2018

City council passes a “tough” budget that maintains most service levels

Red Deer councillor balks at city getting stuck with more provincial funding responsibilities

Volunteer Central seeks municipal funding after being cut off by FCSS

Olds chicken barn burns to the ground, no livestock harmed

More than 100,000 chickens were saved as fire crews prevent the blaze from spreading

Bear video meant to promote conservation: zoo owner

Discovery Wildlife Park says it will look at other ways to promote its conservation message

Red Deer’s Soundhouse closing its doors on Record Store Day

The owners of The Soundhouse want to shut down their store on… Continue reading

NorAm Western Canadian Cross Country Ski Championships begin in Red Deer

The biggest cross-country skiing competition in Red Deer’s history is underway. Nearly… Continue reading

In photos: Get ready for Western Canadian Championships

Haywood NorAm Western Canadian Championships and Peavey Mart Alberta Cup 5/6 start… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer city council debates cost-savings versus quality of life

Majority of councillors decide certain services are worth preserving

Got milk? Highway reopened near Millet

A southbound truck hauling milk and cartons collided with a bridge

Stettler’s newest residents overcame fear, bloodshed to come here

Daniel Kwizera, Diane Mukasine and kids now permanent residents

Giddy up: Red Deer to host Canadian Finals Rodeo in 2018

The CFR is expected to bring $20-30 million annually to Red Deer and region

Ice dancers Virtue and Moir to carry flag at Pyeongchang Olympics

Not since Kurt Browning at the 1994 Lillehammer Games has a figure… Continue reading

Beer Canada calls on feds to axe increasing beer tax as consumption trends down

OTTAWA — A trade association for Canada’s beer industry wants the federal… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month