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Record heat continues in the Prairies


April 21, 2010 — More record setting heat across the Prairies yesterday.

A week ago it was shovels and snow boots, this week it's sunglasses and t-shirts. Record temperatures were shattered across Alberta on Monday, and that trend continued on Tuesday. Here's a look at some of the new temperatures hit:

  • Jasper: 24.7 (Old Record: 22.8 - 1942)
  • Fort McMurray: 24.4 (Old Record: - 23.9 - 1984)
  • Peace River: 25.6 (Old Record: 20.3 - 1983)
  • High Level: 25.6 (Old Record: 20.6 - 1971)
  • Whitecourt: 24.6 (Old Record: 21.4 - 1989)

“We've had a very strong ridge over the western half of the country,” says Weather Network meteorologist Rob Davis. “And for the past couple of days, temperatures have consistently been in the 20's for much of the Prairies and these conditions should continue for at least a few more days.”

While most residents are basking in the sun, others are watching the snow from last week's storm melt. This sudden change in conditions may have people wondering how it's possible to go from winter to summer-like conditions so quickly.

“It's a spring thing,” notes Davis. He says residents in the west should be used to this by now. “The Prairies notoriously swing back and forth through the spring months.”

So does that mean winter could make yet another come back?

“We can't rule out the possibility of more snow, but it does become more and more unlikely around this time of year,” says Davis.

For the latest details on the weather across the Prairies, tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of each hour.

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