Weyburn remains under an extreme cold warning after three days of no reprieve. Although Weyburn did not break a cold record so far today we did come close, reaching -35.8 degrees Celsius around 9 a.m. The record cold on this day was -36.2 degrees back in 1994.
With one death from hypothermia already this winter in Saskatchewan, the extreme cold we're experiencing is not to be taken lightly.
"When it comes to this extreme cold don't be outside if you don't have to be outside. That's the whole point. We all kind of rush into our cars and rush into the mall or whatever it is," said Warning Preparedness Meteorologist Terri Lang with Environment Canada. "The kids shouldn't be outside, the pets shouldn't be outside. If you're cold, they're cold. We've got to take this serious."
Lang said travelling can be dangerous in the extreme cold and anyone planning a trip this weekend should take an emergency kit, including warm clothing, blankets, candles, matches, jumper cables, and a shovel. Lang said drivers should always prepare before they head out on the highway for the worst case scenario, including getting stranded on the side of the road.
"You always have to worry about your tailpipe getting covered up with snow and blowing snow [if you get stranded]. You never know what's going to happen when you're out on the highway. You always trust something is not going to happen but you have to be prepared for that and a lot of people they don't take it serious enough and we know in Canada the cold kills more people than summer severe weather."
A 34-year-old woman was found frozen to death near Maidstone, SK just last month. Police believe she was attempting to walk home in a snowstorm.
Exposed skin can freeze in five to ten minutes in the extreme cold, possibly leading to permanent nerve damage. Cold-related symptoms to watch out for include shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness, and colour change in fingers and toes.
The weather is expected to get milder starting next week, with the temperature rising to -17 degrees on Monday.