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.
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.
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