Extreme cold has gripped southeast Saskatchewan.

Environment and Climate Change Canada issued an extreme cold warning late Tuesday, as temperatures were expected to dip down below -30°, and the wind chill would make it feel like -40° or colder. The coldest it reached was at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, when the mercury hit -32°. The lowest windchill seen was at 5:00 a.m., when it felt like -43°. 

The temperatures are expected to stay well below seasonal for this time of year right through the rest of the week. The daytime high for Wednesday is forecasted to be -22°, with an overnight low of -28°. Things could be even colder Thursday night, with a forecasted overnight low of -34°.

Environment Canada is advising that extreme cold puts everyone at risk, particularly young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors and those without proper shelter. 

Frostbite can develop within mere minutes on exposed skin at these temperatures, especially with the wind chill.

Another reminder from Environment Canada is that if it is too cold for people to be outside, it is likely too cold for a pet to stay outside as well. 

Seasonal temperatures are expected to return by the end of the weekend. 

You can get the latest forecast by visiting the Discover Weyburn Weather page.