Another long-standing temperature record falls
January is going out on a low note in Windsor — a record low at that.
The latest data from Environment Canada shows the temperature dropped to -24.7 C in the city Thursday morning, shattering a 120-year-old record low for the day of -21.7 C set back on January 31, 1899. That’s the second day in a row that Windsor has set a new record low.
Elsewhere in southwestern Ontario, Chatham and London came close, but just missed out on hitting new lows.
The temperature in Chatham dipped to -23.1 C in the early morning hours Thursday, but the record low for the area on January 31 is -23.3 C, also recorded in 1899. London’s record of -27.2 C set in 1948 wasn’t quite as close to falling — the low dropped to -25 C at the London International Airport.
While the deep freeze isn’t quite over yet, there is some relief in sight.
Environment Canada meteorologist Weiqing Zhang said the Extreme Cold Warning that has been in place for much of southwestern Ontario for the past few days should be dropped ahead of the weekend.
“Friday morning for sure it will be lifted,” said Zhang. “And Saturday will probably be close one or two degrees (Celsius) — tomorrow, still around -10 C, but the wind chill won’t be quite as cold.”
Zhang expects the warmup to reach its climax on Monday before dipping back to more seasonable temperatures.
“I saw some guidance, even hints that we could reach 10 C… at least 7 C or 8 C by Monday,” said Zhang. “Then by Tuesday, the temperature will fall back to normal again.”