Canada Gets Colder than Mars & North Pole, Records as Low as -31°C on New Year’s Eve

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By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | January 3, 2014 10:11 AM EST

Canada beats the North Pole and Mars as it records some of the lowest temperatures in the history.

Canadian city Winnipeg's recorded temperature on Tuesday, which was colder than the North Pole and Mars. The Winnipeg Museum informed that the highest temperature on Mars, as recorded by the Curiosity Rover, was -29 °C, whereas the highest temperature in Winnipeg on New Year's Eve touched -31 °C.

Nature World News reports that the Winnipeg Museum let its Facebook followers know that the temperature of the city was colder than Mars. One follower was apparently quick to comment that he would move to Mars. The museum discouraged any such decision as it warned that -29 °C was only the "highest" temperature on Mars, as recorded at 3 pm. The temperature on the planet falls as low as -103 °C at night, which the commenter might not enjoy.

However, this is not the coldest recorded temperature for Canada. The country is yet to match its all-time low temperature. The lowest temperature ever was recorded on Feb 3, 1947 in Snag, Yukon at -63 °C.

The week has seen major parts of Manitoba totally frozen. The chill in the wind made it feel like -53 °C in certain places. Natural World News notes that CBC News informed that some flights to Winnipeg were already cancelled due to hostile weather. ExpressJet cancelled flights on Monday as well as Tuesday. It has informed that more such cancellations should be expected as the weather forecast has not gotten better.

In the meantime, Winnipeg reached its coldest temperature in the last 80 years when the temperature in the city dropped to -37.9 °C. The chill in the wind made it feel like -48 °C. The North Pole, on the other hand, was 10 degrees warmer than the city.

Interestingly, Canada also gets quite hot in summer as the highest ever temperature in the history of the country was recorded on July 5, 1937. It reached as high as 45°C in Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan and Midale, Saskatchewan.

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