Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer
November 4, 2010 — While the eastern half of the country shivers in below-seasonal temperatures, cities in the west have been enjoying sunshine and record-breaking highs. How long will it last?
The winter season is just over six weeks away, but try telling that to people living in western Canada.
For the third day in a row, temperature records were smashed across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. On Wednesday, however, the warmest temperatures were in British Columbia. White Rock climbed all the way to a balmy 20.2°C, making it the hot spot of the entire country.
“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.”
In British Columbia, records were broken in places like West Vancouver, Squamish and Bella Coola.
“It's fantastic. it's just great to be out,” said one man on the streets of Vancouver Wednesday.
“I'm sitting here in the sun, then I go back to Ontario on Monday so i'll have a nice tan,” said a woman.
In Alberta, new daytime highs were set in places like Whitecourt, High Level and Crowsnest, while Spiritwood, Buffalo Narrows and Stony Rapids made it into Saskatchewan's record books.
Temperatures were less mild in Saskatchewan and Manitoba on Thursday, but Alberta still managed to break a few records.
A southerly flow pumped in mild air over the province, helping several places to hit the 20 degree mark. Lethbridge in particular hit a daytime high of 23°C, a new record for the city. The previous record for the area was set back in 1949.
“We have a strong ridge of high pressure that's keeping things warm and dry,” says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
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With files from Andrea Stockton