Prairies: Brief warmth could be record-breaking before Arctic air returns

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Prairies: Brief warmth could be record-breaking before Arctic air returns
Prairies: Brief warmth could be record-breaking before Arctic air returns

Wicked west winds with gusts as high as 100 km/h will lead off the weekend for southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan. Those strong winds bring with them a welcome blast of spring-like temperatures, but the above-seasonal highs won't stick around for long. We take a look at the timing of the strongest winds, plus the cooling trend to follow, below.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Strong, potentially damaging winds, for foothills, southern Alberta, southwestern Saskatchewan through Saturday evening
  • Record high temperatures possible Saturday
  • Turning cooler on Sunday with temperatures dropping steadily through next week
  • Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area

SATURDAY: STRONG WINDS, TEMPERATURE SURGE

Strong winds have prompted wind warnings across southern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan on Saturday, with gusts as high as 100 km/h expected through the day. The strongest winds will blast along the southern foothills through Saturday afternoon, while gusts strengthen for southeastern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan Saturday evening.

WATCH BELOW: TIMING THE STRONGEST WINDS

These strong winds from the southwest will bring with them a breath of spring-like temperatures for much of the region. Some record highs may even be challenged as temperatures soar as much as 10 to 15 degrees higher than average for places like Regina and Medicine Hat.

SUNDAY AND BEYOND: TEMPS RETURN TO NORMAL, THEN FALL SOME MORE

Unfortunately for the winter-weary, the burst of warm air will be a very short one as temperatures fall sharply again on Sunday.

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While Sunday's highs will still be well above average -- in the single digits across southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, where it should be closer to -10ºC this time of year -- the downward trend continues as we head toward the middle of the month.

"We expect much colder Arctic air for the second full week of January," says The Weather Network's Dr. Doug Gillham," especially for Alberta."