With this January being a relatively warm month during the winter, it's only a matter of time before it gets cold again, and sadly that type of weather is on the way.

The warm weather will continue this week, and after that, it's going to get cold.

"Normally at this time of year, we're seeing highs around minus five and lows around minus 18 and we've been well above that for pretty much the whole month. But right now we're seeing a signal that at the end of this month, that's going to change rank back towards what's more normal for this time of year, as some cold air will come down from Northwest Territories and spread over the province," explained Kyle Fougere, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Typically during the winter, we have a ridge of high pressure, and a clear sky and we lose a lot of the heat we do have and then the cold air moves in. 

"It's been called a Siberian high, an arctic ridge of high pressure, and that's what we're going to see spread over the province of Alberta."

Some people might say a polar vortex is on the way, but according to Fourgere, a polar vortex is something that is always present over top of the poles, 30 kilometres up in the atmosphere.

"When that polar vortex over the poles weakens. It can allow that cold air to spread farther south, and so a lot of times that's where we see this cold arctic intrusion that comes into our province."

When the air does arrive, it's expected not to be as cold as we had at Christmas, but definitely colder than what we have right now.

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