May 23, 2014 5:55 pm
Updated: May 26, 2014 7:43 am

Saskatoon, Regina first major Canadian cities to hit 30° in 2014

After one of the coldest winters on record, Saskatchewan seems to be making significant strides in the other direction on the thermometer.

Peter Quinlan / SkyTracker

SASKATOON – After one of the coldest winters on record with dozens of days of wind chills dropping below minus 40, Saskatchewan seems to be seeking redemption, now making significant strides in the other direction.

Thursday, Rosetown tied with Osoyoos, BC as being the hottest place in Canada as both soared to 30.3 daytime highs.

Saskatchewanians continued sizzling under the sun Friday as a ridge of high pressure in the upper atmosphere gave lots of sunshine and warm temperatures to the entire province.

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At 3 p.m. Friday, the coldest temperature in the province was 21.7 degrees in Buffalo Narrows, the hot spot was Nipawin at a scorching 32.4.

Saskatoon and Regina both saw the mercury climb into the 30s Friday afternoon – the first major Canadian cities in Canada to hit the summery threshold so far in 2014.

This is quite a claim to fame for both cities – after seeing wind chills down to minus 50 just a few months ago.

For those hoping for a heat wave, unfortunately you may have to wait a few months.

Saskatchewan will hold onto some heat Saturday, but the upper ridge will begin to collapse during the day and a surface cold front will move through, kicking up clouds capable of producing showers and thunderstorms, making for a very different and slightly cooler day with high temperatures expected to be back in the mid-twenties.

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