An extreme cold wave keeps parts of Canada as well as the North of the US in an extraordinary situation. The reason is a polar weather system making its way into the American continent. Around Chicago and Minnesota authorities reported temperatures of 40 degrees minus Celsius. These numbers have not been recorded for decades. With the so called “wind chill”, feeled temperatures can be even lower. Officials warn people from staying outside for too long as frostbites can occur already after minutes. Several states have now declared a state of emergency. Amtrak has stopped operation around the Chicago area. At the same times, weather experts forecast a rise of temperatures within the next days. The temperature will “only” go up to plus 8 degrees – nevertheless, this will mean an increase of more than 40 degrees. For the southern states of the US, the polar impact does not mean dangerous circumstances, but for states like Alabama or Georgia, temperatures of under zero degrees are also more than extraordinary.
Last but not least, the east of Russia also sees extremely cold temperatures at the moment: Difference: In Sibiria these figures are quiet normal for this time of the year. In the US, the current weather is an exception – even for the months of January and February.