Environment Canada says the frigid temperatures across Manitoba will likely continue all week. The agency says very cold air shattered records in the prairies already, with all time lows reaching -49.9 C northern Saskatchewan. The province is under an extreme cold warning after high pressure in the north allowed the chilly air mass to hover above southern Manitoba, where wind chill values sit at -40 or colder.

Manitoba’s Liberals say this weather is a reminder of the need for immediate action to help Winnipeg’s homeless. Leader Dougald Lamont says Manitobans need to act now or people could die in this cold. Lamont is recommending 24-hour warming centres, free masks in bus shelters, and a central command centre to coordinate outreach work.