A few brave souls were out and about on Monday as the deep freeze returned after a weekend break. The cold, with overnight lows around -40 C with wind chill factored in, is expected to stick around until the weekend.
(Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)

Prepare for cold blast 2.0 for Red Deer

Temperatures 20 degrees below normal until next weekend

After a brief respite Saturday, central Albertans will face another bone-chilling test this week.

Tuesday’s high is only expected to top out at -25 C and the mercury may not climb above -30 C on Wednesday, according to Environment Canadan and Climate Change. Tuesday’s low is expected to be -32 C and Wednesday’s -36 C, not counting wind chill.

“It does look to be another extended stretch of cold weather. This cold air mass will be fairly entrenched for much of this week,” said meteorologist Erin Staunton.

“There could be overnight wind chills again nearly about -40 C.”

Thursday and Friday will only be marginally better with highs of -27 C and -24 C forecast. Lows will remain in the -30 C range.

By Saturday, the high is expected to get to -19 C.

“We did see a brief shift in the weather pattern over (last) weekend, but as far as what is coming up there’s going to be more cold air surging down from the north and we’re going to be once again back into the cold for most of this week,” said Staunton.

It will not likely be until Sunday before the daytime high reaches the typical temperature for this time of year. The high is projected to reach -6 C, close to the average high of around -7 C for this time of year.

Next week is shaping up to be much better with a high of -2 C forecast for Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday could be around 0 C and the next five days range from -1 C and -2 C, according to the 14-day forecast.

Generally sunny skies are forecast for all of next week, which make the break from the deep freeze feel like even more of a relief.

However, before everyone gets too excited, it is worth noting that forecasts typically are less accurate the further out you go.

But fingers crossed.

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