The thermometer’s Jan. 18 reading of a high of -21 degrees in Merritt was the coldest Jan. 18 since Environment Canada began recording temperatures in 1968. An arctic front plunged the Nicola Valley and much of the province into a deep freeze last week, with Environment Canada issuing extreme wind chill alerts that brought temperatures down between -35 and -45.
The following day, Jan. 19, the AMSU satellite of 251.858K recorded the coldest day of the year globally since 2002, based on the daily global average temperature.
Things warmed up considerably in the valley by the weekend with temperatures hovering just below and above zero.
Environment Canada forecasts mild temperatures throughout the week and this weekend with highs and lows between -5 and 7 degrees.