file photo of Reaume Park in Windsor on February 19, 2015. (Photo by Jason Viau)

Did Windsor Break A Record? Yes And No.

It may have been the coldest night of the year, but did Windsor really break a record for its overnight low Thursday morning?

Environment Canada says it depends on which weather station.

Strictly going by numbers at the Windsor International Airport, Meteorologist Peter Kimball says yes. The overnight low was -20.2 C, snapping a record set in 1950 of -17.8 C. That weather station has been collecting data since 1940.

However, there is more than one weather station in the city, and the one in Riverside has been collecting records a lot longer.

“The Riverside site, which has records going back a lot further, actually reported -22.2 C in 1924,” he says.

While much of the country is under an extreme cold weather alert, Environment Canada ended its warning for Windsor-Essex Tuesday afternoon. It issues warnings when wind chill values dip to -30 C for two hours or more.

“The wind chill doesn’t quite meet our criteria,” says Kimball. “It is still very cold. The windchill right now is -26 C. People still need to protect themselves.”

Kimball predicts the cold will continue at least into the first week of January, but he does not believe the region will break any more records.

“We don’t have a forecast of -20 C again until Saturday night,” Kimball says pointing out the low is expected to fall to -18 C. “The record Saturday night would be -23 C.”

Windsor can expect a high Thursday of -12 C with a wind chill of -23 C. For perspective, White Horse, Yukon expects a high of -27 C with a wind chill of -35 C.