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Record-breaking heat in the Prairies


Playing in the leaves in Saskatoon. Photo: courtesy Tammy
Playing in the leaves in Saskatoon. Photo: courtesy Tammy

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

September 30, 2010 — Temperatures have cooled slightly across the Prairies, but many cities are still seeing above-seasonal values. The month of September is also ending on a dry note.

Temperature records set in BC and Alberta
Temperature records set in BC and Alberta

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.

Tuesday was another day for the record books in parts of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Melita climbed to 27.9°C, Maple Creek hit 28.7°C, and Bow Island soared to 28.4°C. Coronach, Saskatchewan was the hot spot of the entire country at a record-breaking 30.2°C.

Tuesday's records came on the heels of a very warm Monday. New daytime highs were set in places like Kindersley, Leader, Sundre and Whitecourt. Over the weekend, Coronach topped the charts once again at a scorching 32.1°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.

Temperature records set in Saskatchewan and Manitoba
Temperature records set in Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Still, conditions were slightly cooler on Wednesday and Thursday.

“A cold front sliced across the Prairies, and that meant more seasonal conditions behind it,” says Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “Temperatures are still mild, just not quite as summer-like.”

This week's weather has been quite a contrast to the conditions earlier this month. In addition to below seasonal temperatures and even snow in some cases, the provinces were still trying to recover from a soggy July and August. Farmers have been struggling to harvest their crops, and there's concern over what's in the pumpkin fields this year.

For more local weather details, click our Canadian Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV, where your National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

With files from Lisa Varano and Jill Colton

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