Woman dies from extreme cold after walking home in -41C from neighbour’s house

A woman has died in British Columbia, Canada after walking home from her next-door neighbour's home in extreme temperatures.

The woman didn't make it back to her house in Dawson Creek on Sunday after drinking booze and died of exposure to the cold, according to The Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

According to weather records temperatures dropped below –41 C in the early hours of Sunday in the area.

Police received a call about the woman at 10:50 a.m on Monday and found her dead outside her home.

Staff Sgt. Damon Werrell told CBC: "Our investigation determined the female had been visiting a friend the night before and had been consuming alcohol. She departed the residence at around 1 a.m. … and unfortunately did not make it home."

Werrell added that the two houses were not that far apart. 

Dawson Creek is under an extreme cold weather warning, with temperatures expected to dropped to an eye-watering –45 C.

Extreme cold conditions can be a threat to life after only minutes of exposure and those who have to travel in are warned to take precautions when travelling in it.

Advice given to people to survive in the conditions include packing warm clothes, avoiding travelling alone and maintaining contact with a friend or family member.

In December, a teenage boy died of severe frostbite in -50C weather when his sat-nav told him to take a wrong turn on Russia's notorious Road of Bones.

The Google Maps instructions sent Sergey Ustinov and friend Vladislav Istomin, both 18, on a disused shortcut in the world's coldest inhabited region, say reports citing police investigators.

They had not taken precautions for the extreme conditions, and were quickly frostbitten when their radiator was damaged by a wooden spike on the old road.

Ustinov was found frozen solid in his Toyota Chaser, while his friend was miraculously alive but suffering from acute hypothermia

The pair had been driving from the world's coldest city Yakutsk to the port of Magadan, on a highway known as the Road of Bones built in the Josef Stalin era by political prisoners.

A quarter of a million people died during its construction.

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