After a summer filled with heavy rain, grey skies and below-seasonal temperatures, the fall season is off to a very different start across the Prairies.
Over the weekend, most cities were enjoying sunny skies and warm temperatures. Several new daytime highs were set in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Coranach, Saskatchewan sizzled at a high of 32.1°C, making it the hottest spot in Canada.
In many cases, the warm weather continued on Monday. Records were smashed in places like Kindersley, Leader, Sundre and Whitecourt. Bow Island climbed all the way to 27°C, but Kamloops was the Canada's hot spot at 27.9°C.
“It's all thanks to a ridge in the west, and the warm sector over Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba,” explains Patrick Cool, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “It's quite a contrast to just a couple of weeks ago, when temperatures were in the single digits and snow was falling in parts of the provinces.”
It wasn't just a cold end to the summer in the Prairies. The bulk of the season was rainy, too. As a result, farmers have been struggling to harvest their crops. There's also concern over what's in the pumpkin fields this year.
So, will the warm temperatures last?
“It looks that way right now,” says Cool. “Because the ridge is in place we'll likely see seasonal or slightly above-seasonal temperatures through the rest of the week. We're also looking at mainly dry conditions and sunny skies - great news for farmers.”
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With files from Lisa Varano and Jill Colton