The calendar might be flipped to April, but the thermometer could fool people into thinking it is January.
A total of 11 communities broke cold weather records over the Easter long weekend including a few that were more than 100 years old.
Unfortunately for kids on break from school, Environment Canada meteorologist Jason Knight said this cold snap is sticking around for the week.
“The dreaded polar vortex has parked itself out over Hudson’s Bay and it basically means it’s an expressway of cold air from the north and it’s going absolutely nowhere anytime soon,” Knight said.
He said there could be a tiny reprieve from the frigid temperatures going into next weekend, but the cold may return after that as well.
Normal low temperatures for this time of year are about -4 C overnight and this week the low temperatures in the forecast are 15 degrees colder than average.
“Most of the records for central and southern Saskatchewan tend to be in that -25 C to -30 C range, so we’re not quite getting there yet,” Knight explained.
On Friday and Saturday Moose Jaw hit -23.1 C, breaking a previous cold record of -22.2 C set in 1899. Prince Albert hit -33.1 C, breaking a record of -32.8 C set in 1890.
On Monday, Key Lake in northern Saskatchewan was the coldest spot in Canada blasting through a record of -35.5 C set in 2003 to hit -39.3 C.
On the bright side, the sun does pack some heat at this time of year, so Knight said the clear sunny skies could help daytime highs reach the freezing mark by the end of the week.