July 30, 2014 6:01 pm
Updated: July 31, 2014 8:43 am

Record heat hits parts of northern Saskatchewan

Record heat has hit Saskatchewan right on schedule.

Peter Quinlan / SkyTracker Weather

SASKATOON – Temperatures have remained near or just above average for most of southern and central Saskatchewan recently while parts of the north sizzle.

Stony Rapids, Sask. set a new high temperature record Tuesday at 31 degrees, beating out its old record of 30.2 set in 1987.

Collins Bay also made history on the same day with 29.4 degrees, shattering its previous record from 1997 of 29 degrees.

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A ridge of high pressure in the upper atmosphere has been grounded by two low pressure systems anchored in eastern Canada and the north Pacific Ocean, creating a flow pattern with the jet stream, known as an omega block.

An omega block is given its name by the Greek letter due to the omega-shape the main jet stream forms as it divides warmer air in the south from cooler air to the north.

This feature acts as a holding pattern for the atmospheric environment and thus can stay in place for several days to weeks.

Aside from a few scattered thunderstorms that may bubble up, Saskatchewanians can look forward to a continuation of the consistent heat and sunny skies into the beginning of August.

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