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Record heat invades western Canada

It was shorts and T-shirt weather in parts of western Canada Monday
It was shorts and T-shirt weather in parts of western Canada Monday

Staff writers

April 25, 2012 — Tuesday was another record breaking day in parts of the Prairies, but a cool down is in store.

Another record breaking day on Tuesday
Another record breaking day on Tuesday

While much of eastern Canada dealt with a late-season, winter-like storm, it was looking and feeling more like summer in the western half of the country earlier this week.

Calgary broke its previous daily record Monday, which was set back in 1910. Meanwhile, places like Medicine Hat, Bow Island and Lethbridge were hovering close to the 30 degree mark.

"We had a strong ridge in the jet stream, and that's been drawing warm air from the south," says Amanda De Monte, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "That warmth was also being felt in parts of BC, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.".

On Tuesday, parts of Alberta and southern Saskatchewan reached new record highs once again.

With the heat also comes a slight risk of thunderstorms. Some non-severe storms popped up in BC's southern Interior Monday night and on Tuesday, isolated thundershowers rumbled into Calgary as well.

Most places will see a return to seasonal values Wednesday. Up to 40 mm of rain is also forecast in the hardest hit areas through Friday.

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