FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Frigid temperatures hit Fort St. John and the North Peace over the weekend, but no records were broken… yet.
According to a meteorologist with Environment Canada, Lisa Erven, the cold snap on the weekend wasn’t cold enough to break records in FSJ from 1936.
To break the records, February 6th and 7th would’ve had to get below -42.2°C and -40.6°C, respectively, before the windchill factor.
On Saturday, February 6th, it was -30.7°C, while on Sunday, February 7th, it was negative -34.6°C, both not including windchill.
Erven describes Windchill as the combination of ambient temperatures plus wind.
“The wind itself helps it speeds up the rate of heat loss from the skin of a person or an animal. And so it actually makes us draws heat away from the body, driving your skin temperature down and then well eventually your internal body temperature down as well and so the wind component actually makes it feel much colder than it actually is.”
The extreme cold warning that’s currently in effect across the B.C. Peace Region will continue for most of the week. By the weekend, we should see highs in the negative teens with lows around -20 °C.