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Relief on the way from Arctic blast in capital region, but it will be short-lived

A mild air mass is going to make its way thorough Ottawa, as meteorologists say cold conditions like this haven't been seen in the capital for more than 100 years.
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Weather Network Meteorologist Doug Gillham is providing a bit of good news after the windchill in Ottawa hit -40 C, Monday.

He told 1310NEWS' The Rick Gibbon Show relief is on the way, although it's not going to last very long.

"Temperatures are going to recovery nicely on Wednesday, we are going to get up near the freezing mark," Gillham said.

He added, "Temperatures take a dive again as we go into the weekend, and will remain below seasonal for the rest of January."

Although a record hasn't been broken, Gillham said conditions like this haven't been seen for years.

"You have to go all the way back to February 8, 1895 to really find a comparable storm," he said.

This surge of arctic air is having a major impact on homeless shelters in the city as most are overcapacity.

"On a day-to-day basis we are seeing the highest numbers every," said Steven Parker, Senior Manager of Transitional Shelter Services, Shepherds of Good Hope.

To accommodate for this most shelters have had to place mats in any spare place they can hold people.

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