Environment Canada ends extreme cold weather alert for Edmonton
Edmontonians can expect some respite from the cold this week
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Environment Canada has ended its extreme cold weather alert for Edmonton, with temperatures settling down to -17 as of Monday afternoon.
The City of Edmonton cancelled its outdoor New Year’s celebrations due the frigid temperatures, which hovered around -26 by midnight.
Fireworks were still held at the Alberta Legislature grounds, but revellers were encouraged to dress for extreme temperatures or take in the fireworks from the warmth of their homes.
An extreme cold weather warning is still in effect for parts of northern Alberta, including High Level, Fort Chipewyan and Wood Buffalo National Park, as was as the south east of the province, including Drumheller, Brooks, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge.
Today Edmonton will see a low of -9C, with temperatures warming up throughout the week to single digits lows for much of the week. According to Environment Canada, a polar vortex is responsible for the cold snap that has blanketed most of the country.