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Frigid temperatures spark extreme cold warning across much of Alberta

Environment Canada is advising an extended period of extreme cold will start Monday, Dec. 25 and last through the week.
Environment Canada is advising an extended period of extreme cold will start Monday, Dec. 25 and last through the week. The Canadian Press

Many people across Alberta can expect frigid temperatures through the week following Christmas, according to a warning from Environment Canada.

An extreme cold warning was ended Tuesday morning for Calgary, however, temperatures are still expected to stay well below zero.

Edmonton and its surrounding areas were put under an extreme cold warning Monday afternoon, with the national weather agency forecasting a “frigid weather pattern” that’s expected to last through the week.

Environment Canada lifted the warning for Edmonton, St. Albert and Sherwood Park shortly before 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

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A “multi-day episode of very cold wind chills” started Monday in northern Alberta and is expected to linger until the end of the week, Environment Canada said.

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The weather agency is advising people to watch for cold weather-related symptoms, including shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, and numbness or colour change in the fingers and toes.

Environment Canada issues warnings about extreme cold when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk of health conditions like frostbite or hypothermia.

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Environment Canada also reminded residents that extreme cold is dangerous for pets as well as humans.

“If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.”

Watch below: Global Edmonton meteorologist Jesse Beyer gives viewers his weather forecast on Dec. 26, 2017.

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