February 6, 2016 8:59 pm
Updated: February 7, 2016 12:54 am

Hurricane-force winds in parts of Alberta

Global Calgary map of peak winds Saturday.

Global Calgary

As forecasted, Saturday was a windy day across much of the province.

Peak wind gusts as of 5 p.m. registered at 91km/h in Edmonton, 99km/h at the Lethbridge airport and 111km/h at the Pincher Creek airport.

In Slave Lake and Waterton though, they were flirting with hurricane-force wind speeds.

To register as a Category 1 hurricane, according to the Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale, sustained winds need to be 119km/h.

Slave Lake marked gusts of 119km/h and Waterton registered speeds of 120km/h.

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Environment Canada told Global News that they have never seen winds this strong in Slave Lake in February before. Not only did the town record gusts of 119km/h, but they dealt with sustained winds of 90km/h.

For much of Alberta these were Chinook winds and above-seasonal temperatures were recorded across the province.

Calgary’s daytime high was unofficially 7 degrees Celsius, which technically bumps that city into a ‘heat wave’.

A heat wave occurs when an area is  at least 5 degrees above seasonal for a minimum of three consecutive days.

On Thursday it was 5.8 degrees Celsius and Friday hit 10 degrees Celsius.

All wind warnings in the province were dropped as of 6:45 p.m.


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