Jun 2, 2017

Warnings issued as heat wave makes Sask. hottest spot in Canada

CBC News
Temperatures across Saskatchewan reached 30 C Thursday. Photo: CBC
Temperatures across Saskatchewan reached 30 C Thursday. Photo: CBC

Archiver's preface

The climate has shifted significantly, leading to more heat records in every season. The number of local record-breaking average monthly temperature extremes worldwide is now on average five times larger than expected in a climate with no long-term warming.[1] 85 percent of recent record-hot days globally have been attributed to climate change.[2]

Article excerpt

A heat wave making its way through Saskatchewan has made the province the hottest place in Canada as of Thursday afternoon, and prompted Environment Canada to issue a heat warning for parts of the province.

According to Environment Canada, Watrous, Sask., was the country's hottest community, with temperatures recorded at 33.7 C around 4 p.m. CST.

Temperatures were in the 30 C range across the province, with Regina sitting at 32.8 C and Saskatoon at 31.9 C.

Here's a list of daily records broken on Thursday:

  • Assiniboia: 33.2 C. Old record: 31.7 C, set in 1948.
  • Meadow Lake: 28.1 C. Old record: 27.8 C, set in 1932.
  • Stony Rapids: 30.7. Old record: 28.1 C, set in 2007.
  • Watrous: 33.7 C. Old record: 32.2 C, set in 1956.
  • Wynyard: 30.4 C. Old record: 30 C, set in 1972.
  • Moose Jaw and Prince Albert tied old records of 28.1 C and 32.2 C, respectively.