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Temperatures swing across western Canada

Frost warnings were issued for several areas across the Prairies Wednesday and Thursday
Frost warnings were issued for several areas across the Prairies Wednesday and Thursday

Staff writers

September 14, 2012 — From record lows to daytime highs reaching the 30 degree mark. Parts of western Canada are feeling a significant temperature swing.

Temperatures drop this weekend
Temperatures drop this weekend

The official start to fall is still several days away, but in parts of western Canada, residents are trying to figure out exactly what season it is. 

"In BC alone, 22 new low record temperatures were broken Wednesday morning," says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "About 10 were broken in southern Alberta as well."

Several places saw temperatures dip below the freezing mark, but Dillon says residents shouldn't write off the summer just yet. 

"A Pacific low that's moving in will bring southerly winds to warm things up on Friday." 

Temperatures are expected to climb towards the 30 degree mark before another sharp cool down for Saturday and Sunday.

"It's the classic fall pattern where temperatures decide to take a rollercoaster ride," say Dillon. "Cold air from the north will cool things off once again this weekend with some places seeing a 10 degree drop." 

During fall, meteorologists say the atmosphere is attempting to balance itself into winter mode so there are a lot of ups and downs with temperatures and precipitation patterns as well. 

For a closer look at the fall season in your area, check out the 2012 Fall Outlook.

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