March 31, 2014 6:07 pm

Last day of March smashes cold records across Saskatchewan

Coldest last day of March in recorded history for various parts of Saskatchewan.

Peter Quinlan / Global News

SASKATOON – Unseasonably cold air sitting over Saskatchewan is one reason for a record-breaking Monday.

Monday morning saw over 20 low temperature records broken across the province – records that were in some cases, over a quarter century old.

Notable records include Elbow’s minus 21.7 which broke a record set in 1975 and Uranium City experienced minus 35.8 smashing 1996’s record of minus 29.6.

Locations like Saskatoon and Prince Albert were just shy of shattering records.

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Saskatoon’s low temperature on Monday morning was minus 20.8, too warm to make history. The record is minus 22.8 from 1970.

Prince Albert got to minus 25.1 and was a degree away from breaking the record of minus 26.1, set over half a century ago.

While the extreme cold was mainly felt in central and northern Saskatchewan, parts of the south set new notable records including Assiniboia, Swift Current and Cypress Hills Provincial Park.

Regina was safe from the record cold, only dipping to minus 17.4. Its record from 1970 was a chilly minus 24.4.

But the true trophy goes to Key Lake, dipping to minus 39 with wind chills of minus 45, which was also the coldest place in the province on Monday.

Good news is on the way for Saskatchewanians hoping for spring.

As April begins, a major transition in air masses will begin, pulling much of the province out of the cold and into the warm.

By the end of the first week of April, most of southern Saskatchewan will be spending a large portion of the day well above freezing – welcome relief for those who have had their fair share of winter weather.

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