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Record heat warms the west

Alexandra Pope, staff writer
September 9, 2011 — The first week of September sees sunshine and soaring temperatures in western Canada.

Enjoying a day on the river in Edmonton
Enjoying a day on the river in Edmonton

Daily temperature records were broken in all three Prairie provinces Wednesday.

The Pas, Manitoba hit a high of 30.3°C, breaking the record from Sept. 7, 1966.

Saskatoon, Sask. was actually the warmest spot in Canada, reaching a high of 33.4° and breaking the previous record of 31.5°C from Sept. 7, 1990.

“Even the wind was warm in Saskatoon,” one happy resident commented. “That made ice cream a bigger treat.”

Records were also broken in Alberta, including in Cold Lake and Crowsnest Pass. That marks a substantial change from last week, when a low pressure system caused it to be cold enough to snow in the mountain passes west of Calgary.

For the second day in a row on Thursday, temperatures soared into the 30s across the Prairies, smashing new record daytime highs in all three provinces.

Basking in the sunshine in Saskatchewan
Basking in the sunshine in Saskatchewan

The hotspot of the entire country however, was in Ashcroft, BC where temperatures climbed to 35.3°C. It wasn't record breaking, but 18 other places across the province wrote a new page in the record book Thursday.

The heat comes courtesy of a strong ridge in the jet stream, explains Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

“It's pulling all this warm, dry air up from the United States.”

The pleasant weather is expected to last into the weekend and residents in BC couldn't be happier.

“At the start of the summer it was just ugly. But now it's beautiful, it's just enjoyable lovely weather. There's blue skies without a cloud in the sky, I just love it,” said one person soaking up the sun.

For a closer look at what you can expect in the coming months, check out The Weather Network's 2011 Fall Outlook.

With files from Andrea Stockton

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