The current cold snap has led to an electricity consumption record at Hydro-Quebec — and the utility continues to call on people to cut their power consumption if they can for at least the next two days.
Hydro is reporting consumption of power province-wide reached 39,240 megawatts on Wednesday morning, surpassing the old record set on Jan. 23 of last year, when the utility's consumption figure reached 38,797 megawatts.
Then, as now, early-morning temperatures bottomed out in the mid-minus-20s, and Environment Canada says there won't be any significant relief from this cold snap until at least Friday. High temperatures are only expected to reach -19 degrees, and the lows both nights are expected to get close to -25.
On Friday afternoon, we're expecting a relatively balmy high of -12.
While the cold snap continues, Hydro-Quebec is asking that you reduce your power consumption during peak hours for at least Wednesday and Thursday — in the morning, between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., and again in the evening between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Among other things, it suggests that during those hours, you reduce the temperature in your home by a degree or two, limit the use of hot water and refrain from using appliances like washers, dryers, and dishwashers.