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Canada back in the deep freeze as La Nina chills globe

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Wade Belak, middle, came well prepared with a full body mask for an outdoor Leafs practice despite freezing cold temperatures on Monday, Feb. 11, 2008 in Toronto.

Bone-chilling temperatures hit many parts of Canada Monday, with Winnipeg feeling this latest wintry blast the most as the wind chill dipped down to -42C by early morning. The bitter cold is being attributed to an Arctic cold front sitting across the middle part of the country, affecting most of Manitoba through to parts of Northern Ontario. "It's colder than normal. This falling temperature trend is happening for most of the day with the Arctic air flooding initially causing conditions to be windy." The cold weather is a continuation of the temperatures that most felt over the weekend, with extreme wind chill alerts being issued in almost every major city Sunday. By Monday, the majority of the warnings were discontinued. In Calgary, a mix of the cold with a fog caused a transformer to blow, knocking out the lights to more than 70,000 electricity customers Monday. The Arctic cold front impacting Canada may be linked to La Nina, the sea-surface cooling pattern in the Pacific, which may have also contributed to strong hurricanes and a freeze-up in China. On Monday, the UN weather body predicted that this cooling pattern could last at least until mid-year.

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