January 17, 2009

New Brunswickers woke up to one chilly morning as the province experienced frigid temperatures that set records Friday morning.

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Claude Cote, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said communities across the province broke some long standing weather records.

The mercury dropped to 34.3 C in Fredericton Friday morning, which broke a record that was set in 1884.

“We did set some record cold temperatures in many communities including in Saint John and Moncton as well, but Fredericton was actually one of the oldest ones,” Cote told CBC News on Friday.

However, the coldest ever recorded in January for the province still remained. That record was set in 1925 when the temperatures dropped to 46.7 C in Chipman, N.B.

Cote said the arctic dome of air over the Maritime provinces was over the Prairies earlier this week. He said the temperatures were relatively mild in comparison to what the Prairies experienced.

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