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Warm weather in the West


Sunshine and mild temperatures are forecast for Wednesday
Sunshine and mild temperatures are forecast for Wednesday

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

November 3, 2010 — While the eastern half of the country shivers in below-seasonal temperatures, cities in the west have been reaching record-breaking highs.

Tuesday's record-breaking temperatures in BC
Tuesday's record-breaking temperatures in BC

The winter season is just over six weeks away, but try telling that to people living in western Canada.

For the second day in a row, temperature records were smashed across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. On Tuesday, new daytime highs were also set in parts of British Columbia, the Yukon and Nunavut.

“Conditions have been quite pleasant across western Canada,” says Michelle Cassar, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “Temperatures have been soaring above seasonal for this time of year.”

Grassy Lake, Alberta was the hot spot of the country at 17.7°C, but White Rock, British Columbia wasn't far behind at 17.3°C. In total, 19 communities in B.C. alone broke temperature records, including West Vancouver, Squamish and Osoyoos.

Tuesday's record-breaking temperatures in the Prairies
Tuesday's record-breaking temperatures in the Prairies

In Alberta, new daytime highs were set in places like Elk Island and Esther, while Stony Rapids and Wynard broke records in Saskatchewan. Swan River, Manitoba climbed all the way to 14.3°C.

Conditions will be warm across western Canada again on Wednesday.

“We have a strong ridge of high pressure that's keeping things warm and dry,” says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “There's also going to be lots of sunshine.”

For some, this blast of heat may be hard to believe after last week's conditions. A weather bomb churned over the provinces, bringing heavy amounts of snow to Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

To stay up-to-date on your local forecast, click our Canadian Cities Index. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up every at the top and bottom of every hour.

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