The first official day of Autumn didn't exactly look or feel like the season in parts of western Canada. Neither did the first official weekend of Fall. The skies were clear, the sun was shining and temperatures were soaring well above normal.
“We've got a strong ridge in the jet stream, and that's been bringing southerly air north,” explains Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “That's been keeping temperatures hot.”
On Friday, Medicine Hat, Alberta was the hot spot of the country at 33.1°C. Temperature records were broken in parts of Saskatchewan and British Columbia. In fact, places like Val Marie, Salmon Arm and Summerland also hit the 30°C mark.
It was a similar situation on Saturday, with temperatures records once again being smashed from B.C. to Manitoba. Drumheller was the country's hot spot at 34.0°C, but places like Kamloops, Osoyoos and Penticton were not far behind.
The record breaking warmth continued to hang across the Prairies on Sunday. Leader, Saskatchewan recorded the warmest temperature as the daytime high soared to 35°C. Normal temperatures for this time of year are around 16-17°C.
Even people on the coast of B.C. have been feeling the heat. Vancouver hit a daytime high of 24°C on Friday. With the humidity, it felt closer to 30.
Still, the weather hasn't exactly been ideal in every part of western Canada. Heavy rain has been drenching parts of coastal B.C., triggering floods and mudslides. In the higher elevations of the North and Central Coast, it was been cold enough for snow. Conditions have also been quite windy.
For those who have been enjoying the hot, dry weather further inland, meteorologist Brian Dillon says you better enjoy it while you can.
“There's a cold front coming down out of Alberta that will bring cooler air all this week,” he says. “It will start feeling cooler as of Monday.”
For a closer look at the trends expected throughout Autumn, be sure to check The Weather Network's Fall Outlook 2011.