Weather in Ottawa: Extreme cold that will last all weekend

An extreme cold warning remains in effect for Ottawa and the region, with freezing temperatures expected to last through the weekend.

The recorded temperature at the Ottawa airport at 7 a.m. was -27°C, with a wind chill of -38. While some warming will naturally occur on Saturday afternoon, expect another extremely cold day on Sunday.

“After moderating this afternoon, extremely cold wind chill values ​​of minus 35 are again forecast this evening through early Sunday morning,” Environment Canada warned.

The forecast for Ottawa calls for sunshine and a high of -19°C on Saturday afternoon with a wind chill of around -26. During the night, the sky will remain clear. The temperature is expected to drop to -15°C with a wind chill of -30°C or lower.

On Sunday expect highs of -15C with a wind chill of around -22 and plenty of afternoon sunshine. Clouds are moving in Sunday evening, bringing snow.

A special weather report from Environment Canada warns that 20 to 35 cm of snow is possible Sunday evening and Monday; however, the weather agency says that could change.

“There remains some uncertainty about the exact track of the storm system, which will affect the westerly extent of accumulated snowfall,” the weather report said.

Monday’s forecast includes the end of extreme cold, with a high of -5°C.

The outlook for Tuesday is partly sunny with highs of -12°C.


Ottawa Public Health has issued a frostbite warning for Ottawa.

“With wind chill of -35 or lower, exposed skin can freeze in less than ten minutes. There is also an increased risk of hypothermia for people who are left outdoors for long periods without adequate protection,” the office said. health.

“Overexposure can lead to serious injury and even death. Ottawa Public Health recommends wearing multiple layers of clothing to stay warm and to make sure the outer layer protects you from wind and moisture.”

Ottawa Public Health recommends wearing multiple layers of clothing when going outside.

Tips for preventing frostbite, according to Ottawa Public Health

  • Get to a warm place before frostbite sets in

  • Keep extra mitts and gloves in the car, house, or school bag

  • Wear larger mittens over your gloves

  • Wear a hat

  • Wear a neck gaiter to protect your chin, lips and cheeks.

  • Wear waterproof winter boots with room for an extra layer of socks.


Extreme cold also poses a risk to pets that go outdoors. The Ottawa Humane Society offers these tips for keeping your four-legged friends safe in the cold.

  • Limit the time dogs spend outside.

  • Take dogs on shorter, more frequent walks and consider a dog sweater or coat.

  • After a walk, wipe the dogs paws to remove salt, sand and other harmful substances.

  • Watch outdoor water bowls to make sure the water hasn’t frozen.

  • Avoid leaving pets in a cold car.

  • Animals can hide in cars to keep warm. Before starting a vehicle, knock on the hood to scare away cats and wildlife.

  • Dogs that live outdoors are required by law to have an insulated doghouse built from weatherproof materials, facing prevailing winds. The shelter should be raised off the ground with a door leaf and bedding.


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