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Record heat in southern Alberta


It was looking and feeling more like spring in Alberta Friday
It was looking and feeling more like spring in Alberta Friday

Staff writers

March 9, 2012 — Temperature records were broken in parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan Friday. Meteorologists expect the mild trend to continue.

Friday's record temperatures
Friday's record temperatures

It was a balmy start to the weekend for anyone living in southern Alberta. 

Temperatures soared throughout the day on Friday, smashing records in many cases. The community of Bow Island climbed all the way 19.9 degrees. 

"We had strong westerly winds off the Rockies and a nice ridge in the jet stream," says Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "That's what helped the province heat up."

Bow Island wasn't the only record-breaking community. Edmonton, Red Deer and Whitecourt also set new daytime highs. 

Ressler says there are two things in Alberta that helped boost the temperatures. 

"At this time of year, we're getting about 4 extra minutes of daylight per day," she says. "There's also no snow cover south of Calgary, so that helped warm things up, too."

The long range forecast is also looking balmy.

"For most of the country, temperatures look to remain above seasonal right through to mid-March," says Ressler.

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