A photo of ice and snowy road conditions in Greater Victoria, taken Jan. 14, 2020. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

A photo of ice and snowy road conditions in Greater Victoria, taken Jan. 14, 2020. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Arctic winds to bring near-record cold temperatures to Victoria, B.C.

Wind chill could fall as low as – 20 C before rising Wednesday, Dec. 29

The Government of Canada has warned residents of Greater Victoria and much of B.C. of impending arctic winds that could bring near-record cold temperatures throughout the week.

Arctic outflow winds and falling seasonal temperatures will produce winds affecting Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, inlets of the Sunshine Coast and other coastal communities including Victoria. There, wind-chill temperatures could fall below – 20 C until Wednesday, Dec. 29, according to the alert from the federal government’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

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“Mainland inlets and areas that are exposed to outflow winds are more likely to experience these very cold wind chill values,” read the alert. “Temperatures will remain well below seasonal norms and will bottom out with near record cold temperatures early in the week.”

It also warns against hypothermia and frostbite, both of which can occur in a matter of minutes at the predicted temperatures if precautions aren’t taken. If outdoor travel or activities are unavoidable, the ministry recommends minimizing exposed skin with hats, scarves and hand covers.

“Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight,” continues the alert.


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