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There's one part of Canada that has avoided the cross-country Arctic air deep freeze

Cold Arctic air has dominated Canadian weather patterns this week.
February 12, 2021 - 11:33 AM

It’s been bitterly cold across Canada this week, but there is one region that has been missing out on the minus temperatures.

Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist says the cold has been widespread across the nation, but parts of Vancouver Island remained above freezing.

“It is cold from coast to coast. Don’t dismiss that, because it is somewhat unusual from the point of view Canada is so big. There is usually a part that is in warmer air. Today that is the west side of Vancouver Island,” Lundquist says.

No cold temperature records were broken in Kamloops or the Okanagan this week, but daily minimum temperature records were shattered in several communities surrounding the South Thompson and Okanagan regions.

In Clinton, the temperature dipped to -32.3 Celsius yesterday, Feb. 11, breaking the old record of -27.2, set in 1975. Hope also set a new record of -13.3 C yesterday breaking the previous record low of -11.1 C set in 1939.

Lundquist says a weather system moving onto Vancouver Island today, Feb. 12, could dump snow on Tofino tonight.

As it moves east, we’ll see an easing of cold temperatures by tomorrow evening, he says.

“It’s going to be a mess on the coast starting tonight, working it’s way into our area for Monday and Tuesday,” he says.

Lundequist expects further updates on Environment Canada's website over the weekend as the weather system moves into the B.C. Interior.

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