Extreme cold warning issued for the southeast

Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for southeast Saskatchewan.

According to the warning, issued at 3:19 p.m. Monday, a multi-day episode of very cold wind chills is expected, as a cold, arctic air mass is entrenched over southern Saskatchewan.

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Extreme cold values of -40 C to -45 C are expected to return to regions in southern Saskatchewan overnight.

“These extreme cold values will moderate somewhat during the day, but will return again Tuesday night,” Environment Canada said. “This trend is expected to continue as this cold air mass will remain anchored over the Prairies into the weekend.”

These extreme cold warnings will spread eastward throughout the week.

Those who are spending time outdoors are asked to watch for health problems related to the cold, including shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.

“Dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind resistant.”

People should also keep emergency supplies in their vehicles, such as extra blankets and jumper cables.

Also, if it's too cold for people to stay outside, it's too cold for pets to be outside.

The Mercury will have more details as they become available.

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