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Alberta will be one of the coldest places on earth this weekend

The weather is getting colder, but Alberta is going to take that sentiment to a new level this weekend.

Starting on Saturday night, parts of Alberta and the rest of the prairies will become one of the coldest places on the planet, even colder than the North Pole.

“Arctic air is forecast to barrel down from the North Pole and will settle east of the Rocky Mountains,” says The Weather Network.

“The temperature plunge is set to commence Saturday evening and by Monday morning some temperatures are anticipated to flirt with -30°C -- a temperature that's extremely cold even for the heart of winter.”

Overnight lows on Sunday are expected to hit -26°C in Grand Prairie, -23°C in Calgary and -22°C in Edmonton.

During the day, it will get up to around -15°C.

<who>Photo Credit: The Weather Network

While this type of weather might be expected a couple of times in the dead of winter, the average daytime temperature in Edmonton at this time of year is around 1°C.

Data going back as far as 1959 shows that this stretch of frigid weather will be about as cold as it can possibly get at this time of year.

According to TWN, the Arctic air will move east over the coming days and bring the cold weather to most of eastern Canada by the second week of November.

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