The Cochrane area could be in for record-breaking cold in the coming week.  

An extreme cold warning has been issued for Cochrane and area and places all those outdoors at risk.

A multi-day episode of very cold temperatures and high wind chills are in the forecast with a few of the nights expected to reach temperature records which haven't been seen in over a century.

Environment Canada said the overnight low for Monday is expected to be minus 37.  While that might not break the previous record of minus 42.2 set in 1911, Tuesday night's low is forecast to plunge to minus 41.  If it does get there, that will smash the old record of minus 37.3 which was established in 1907, 113 years ago.

The low for Wednesday is expected to be minus 38, just slightly lower than the record of minus 37.8 which was set in the 19th century, in 1896.

The highs are nothing to write home to mother about either unless you want to complain to mom about the cold.  Monday's high is expected to be minus 26, Tuesday's minus 29 and Wednesday's minus 28.

Bear in mind, all of those temperatures are without the wind chill factored in. Those kinds of temperatures mean there is a very real risk of frostbite and you should be prepared for the conditions if you have to go outside for any length of time.    

It's also been issued for Airdrie, Olds, Strathmore, and Brooks and Rocky View County.

In Alberta, extreme cold warnings are issued when the temperature or wind chill is expected to reach minus 40 for at least two hours.