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Strong Alberta winds assist in record temperatures

A roof is damaged on a building in northeast Calgary after severe wind gusts Thursday.  .
A roof is damaged on a building in northeast Calgary after severe wind gusts Thursday. . Jill Croteau Global Calgary

Residents of southern and central Alberta hit with strong wind gusts Thursday afternoon were rewarded with record temperatures.

The strongest wind gusts were felt in Calgary through the 1 p.m. hour while wind warning were in place. That typical Alberta wind pushed temperatures close to the 20 degree mark in the Medicine Hat region.

In central Alberta, the capital city shattered the previous record of 8.1 degrees by reaching 14.2 degrees on Thursday.

It was a little too close to call in Calgary where the unofficial measurement of 15.8 degrees yesterday exceeds the 1979 record of 15.7 degrees.

GALLERY: Summary of yesterday’s wind gusts and warm temperatures

Peak wind gusts on Thursday afternoon, March 10.
Peak wind gusts on Thursday afternoon, March 10.
Peak wind gusts on Thursday afternoon, March 10.
Peak wind gusts on Thursday afternoon, March 10.
Record temperatures on March 10.
Record temperatures on March 10.
Record temperatures on March 10.
Record temperatures on March 10.

Warm weather has been enjoyed by many this winter but farmers are growing concerned by the dry conditions. Global Calgary’s Mia Sosiak spoke with farmers near High River who are watching the conditions closely.

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More wind and warm weather is in the forecast this weekend before some moisture is expected early next week.