The Straits Times
Published on Jan 24, 2013

Temperatures drop to record low as arctic blast sweeps Canada, US


OTTAWA (AFP) - Arctic air sweeping through Canada and parts of the United States (US) sent temperatures plunging to record lows on Wednesday with a wind chill of minus 40 deg C.

Canada was the coldest nation in the world at the start of the day with with temperatures as low as minus 43.1 deg C in the Northwest Territories, according to public broadcaster CBC.

In Ottawa, buildings cracked in the cold, making sounds like the crash of a wrecking ball.

No significant damage was reported, and only one death has been linked to the cold, a man found dead in Toronto with signs of hypothermia.