It looks and feels more like the dead of winter than Nov. 22.
Don’t let the sunshine fool you. Frostbite on exposed skin is a risk with this depth of cold.
The high will struggle to reach –9 C, and northwest winds gusting over 20 km/h will only add to the cold.
The wind chill could make it feel as cold as -26.
Ottawa Public Health has issued a frostbite advisory that began Wednesday night until further notice, and is asking residents to take precautions before going outside and encouraging homeless people to seek shelter.
Yesterday’s low of -18.1 C made it the coldest Nov. 21 in Ottawa’s recorded history.
We’ve already broken the record for Nov. 22 with a 6 a.m. temperature of -15 C.
Looking for a thaw?
The wind chill should be pretty much gone by Friday afternoon.
The weekend will likely bring highs above the freezing point, with a chance of rain from Saturday night until Monday night.