21 Sask. communities set or tied weather records Thursday as heat wave sweeps province

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Saskatchewan is in the midst of a heat wave that Environment Canada says is likely to stick around until Saturday. (Jon Hernandez/CBC - image credit)
Saskatchewan is in the midst of a heat wave that Environment Canada says is likely to stick around until Saturday. (Jon Hernandez/CBC - image credit)

Saskatchewan is in the midst of what is turning into a record-breaking heat wave.

Environment Canada data showed 21 communities set or tied June 3 temperature records on Thursday.

The hottest spot in the province was Rosetown, where the mercury hit 36.6 C and broke a record of 36 C that was set in 1988.

The only other community to break 36 C was Lucky Lake, where it hit 36.3 C.

In North Battleford the temperature rose to 35.2 C, breaking a record of 34.4 C set in 1970.

Spiritwood and Yorkton also broke records set in 1970, with recorded temperatures of 33.3 C and 33.5 C respectively.

Assiniboia hit 35.9 C on Thursday, while Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Indian Head, Estevan, Regina, Kindersley and Watrous all recorded temperatures somewhere in the 35 degree C range.

Record breaking highs included:

  • Broadview: 33.8 C.

  • Coronach: 34.3 C.

  • Cyprus Hills: 30.6 C.

  • Elbow: 34.9 C.

  • Last Mountain Lake: 34.2 C.

  • Maple Creek: 34.4 C.

  • Rockglen: 33.1 C.

  • Waskesiu: 32.1 C.

  • Wynyard: 33 C.

  • Yorkton: 33.5 C.

On Friday, Environment Canada's website said a heat warning was in effect for most of southern Saskatchewan, with a ridge of high pressure over the province bringing temperatures in the low to mid-30s.

Saturday is also expected to be very hot, with temperatures near 30, the weather agency said, with more moderate temperatures forecast for Sunday.

<cite>(Alex Soloducha/CBC)</cite>
(Alex Soloducha/CBC)

Residents are encouraged to take care of themselves and check on isolated community members, friends and family. People were asked to conduct the checks over the phone to avoid face-to-face interactions and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Anyone seeking advice related to health risks, symptoms and precautions associated to heat warnings was asked to call the 811 HealthLine.

<cite>(Alex Soloducha/CBC)</cite>
(Alex Soloducha/CBC)
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