Puntzi Mountain in the Chilcotin is the coldest spot in B.C. at -40C Wednesday morning, Dec. 29, with a wind chill it feels like -45C, according to Environment Canada.
The Chilcotin region is under a extreme cold warning, while the Cariboo region including the city of Williams Lake is under an extreme cold warning and also a snowfall warning.
Bella Coola is currently under a snowfall warning and an Arctic outflow warning with a Wednesday morning temperature of -12C
At 7:50 a.m. Wednesday, Williams Lake is -29C with a wind chill that makes it feel like -38C.
In these temperatures pets should be kept indoors. Larger animals such as cattle and horses need extra food to keep warm.
Frozen water lines in homes are also a concern during extreme cold events.
Residents are encouraged to check on neighbours, and reach out to seniors to ensure they are keeping warm.
B.C. set a new record for peak electricity demand on BC Hydro’s system on Monday evening due to the extreme low temperatures in many parts of the province.
Between 5 and 6 p.m. on December 27, demand for electricity hit an all time high of 10,902 megawatts, which is higher than the previous record of 10,577 megawatts set in 2020.