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So cold — and staying so long

Brandon woke to a sunny but bitterly cold morning, and there are a few more of those in the forecast.

Temperatures dipped as low as -36.2ºC this morning, just four-and-a-half degrees shy of a record.

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Sun should help the thermometer rise to a high of -17ºC this afternoon, according to Environment Canada, although a mix of sun and cloud is expected later in the day, and skies will cloud over this evening.

There will be a 60 per cent chance of flurries overnight, but the clouds should keep things from getting too chilly — it'll stay below normal, with a low tonight of -20ºC, with winds up to 15 km/h.

Cloudy skies are forecast for the start of Friday, with a 60 per cent chance of flurries in the morning, and blowing snow through most of the day, with wind gusts of 30–50 km/h through midday. Temperatures will fall as skies clear tomorrow, down to -25ºC in the afternoon, with wind chill up to -38.

The weekend looks sunny but cold, with overnight lows down as far as -37ºC for pre-dawn Saturday. The Saturday high will be -26ºC, followed by -21ºC on Sunday.

Things should recover as we head into next week. Monday's high should be -18ºC, followed by -16ºC on Tuesday and a downright balmy -13ºC on Wednesday, including sun all three days.

The normal high for this time of year is -5ºC. The normal low is -15ºC.

The warmest it's ever been on this date was in 1988, when it reached 13.4ºC. The coldest ever was in 1962, when it was -40.2ºC.

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