January 9, 2016 5:19 pm
Updated: January 9, 2016 7:16 pm

Calgarians await chinook after experiencing second-coldest day of past year

Dozens of birds floating on the Bow River, east of Prince's Island Park Saturday afternoon.

Credit: Tegan Carmichael

CALGARY – Friday was the second-coldest day since January 6, 2015 in Calgary.

Global weather anchor Jodi Hughes said the only day that was colder than Friday was Christmas at -14.6C — which goes to show, it’s been a mild winter in Calgary so far.

It was a chilly start to Saturday morning as well though, sitting at -25C with some clouds just after 8 a.m. but felt like -34C with the wind. However, the sun came out later in the day, bringing the temperature back up to a high of -9C.

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Now Calgarians accustomed to the unseasonalably warmer temperatures are eagerly awaiting a chinook to roll through.

The nail-biting dip on the thermometer outside didn’t seem to bother dozens of birds seen floating on the Bow River, east of Prince’s Island Park Saturday afternoon.

Warmer temperatures are expected to return to the city next week though. Hughes said Sunday will be partly cloudy with a high of -1C and a low of -10C. On Tuesday, it will get even warmer with a high of 3C and low of -3C.

Out east, Environment Canada is warning of a couple of nasty weather systems headed for the Maritimes.

The national weather forecaster says a mild air mass will reach the region on Sunday, bringing heavy rain and strong winds to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

With files from the Canadian Press

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