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We just had the coldest Feb. 10 in Kamloops since the Second World War

Sunday was brisk!
Geese take flight over the meeting of the Thompson rivers. (via Brendan Kergin)

It wasn't quite a record-setting day yesterday when it comes to the cold, but it was close.

That was the second coldest Feb. 10 on record for the River City, according to Environment Canada meteorologist Bobby Sekhon, tapping out at -20.6 C.

The last time it was that cold was Feb. 10, 1939, exactly 80 years ago (and a few months before the Second World War broke out), when the mercury bottomed out at -26.7 C.

"It's a big difference (between first and second)," says Sekhon. "We'd have to get quite a bit colder to beat that."

If it felt colder, Sekhon explains there was some wind chill; however, since wind chill isn't a scientific calculation, it's not part of Environment Canada records.

"It's a marker for how someone might feel, which isn't exact," he says. "It's more of an explanation tool."

While it will remain below average for the next little while, Sekhon doesn't think we'll reach record temperatures again any time soon.

"I think our chances for records are getting less and less as the week goes on," he tells KamloopsMatters. "It's still going to be below the average for this time of year; however, not as cold as the arctic air we've experienced this far."



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Brendan Kergin is a digital reporter based in Kamloops.
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