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Final day of the year a cold one

Adrian Boggs and his six-year-old daughter Danika stand at the top of Hanbury Hill while braving the cold and sledding on Monday. In the background smoke rises from Brandon buildings. The city is keeping the lights on at Hanbury Hill until 1 a.m. on New Year's Eve. The skating oval will also be open until 1 a.m.

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Adrian Boggs and his six-year-old daughter Danika stand at the top of Hanbury Hill while braving the cold and sledding on Monday. In the background smoke rises from Brandon buildings. The city is keeping the lights on at Hanbury Hill until 1 a.m. on New Year's Eve. The skating oval will also be open until 1 a.m.

It seems like 2013 is going out like a lion — with one of the coldest days of the coldest month in a decade.

Brandon dipped to a low of -38.7ºC at 6 a.m. on Dec. 31 — a new record for the day, and a few tenths of a degree colder than last Monday, making it the coldest temperature that's been recorded in Brandon in nearly a decade. The last time temperatures were this low was Jan. 28, 2004, when it dropped to -40.1ºC.

Overall, the December temperature in Brandon has averaged -22ºC over the entire month, making it the coldest December since 2000.

Today is not going to break that pattern.

Environment Canada is calling for a high of just -28ºC today, despite clear and sunny skies. Even light winds of 15 km/h are enough to push the wind chill to -50.

Partly cloudy skies are expected tonight, with a low of -35ºC.

New Year's Day should see clearing skies for the start of 2014, but it will remain cold, with a high of -24ºC.

Sunny skies are expected on Thursday, too, although it will warm up a bit, to a high of -17ºC.

The Friday forecast calls for cloudy, with a 30 per cent chance of flurries, and a high of -12ºC.

At this point, the weekend looks like a return to cold form, with sunny skies on Saturday and Sunday, along with highs of about -24ºC. The same is expected on Monday, except a couple of degrees colder.

The normal high for this time of year is -12ºC. The normal low is -22ºC.

The coldest it's ever been on this date is … this morning, at -38.7ºC. Prior to that, the record was set at -38.3ºC, in 1967. A previous weather station near here recorded -41.1ºC in 1946. The warmest ever was in 1953, when it was 3.9ºC.

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