May 1, 2017 8:11 pm
Updated: May 1, 2017 8:45 pm

Edmonton could hit 20 C or more by the weekend

WATCH ABOVE: Jesse Beyer gives his weather forecast for Edmonton, Alberta and the surrounding area on May 1, 2017.

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Last Monday, winter-weary Edmontonians were waking up to yet another round of fresh snowfall but this week, things are looking up for those still searching for signs of spring.

READ MORE: Edmontonians bemoan the winter that will never end

Alberta’s capital could see temperatures in excess of 20 C this week, most likely on Thursday, according to Global meteorologist Jesse Beyer.

“We’ll get a huge push of warm air due to an upper level ridge in the jet stream,” Beyer said Monday. “Not only will it be warm, it will be stable with a ton of sunshine expected through the middle of the week.

“This set up could give up the warmest temperatures of 2017 so far. The warmest we’ve been is 16.5 C from April 6. We could be close to 25 C by Friday.”

Beyer said he projects the UV Index could be in the five to seven range – which is high – and recommends people apply sunscreen on the warmer days.

Despite the warmup, however, this is still Alberta and summer isn’t upon us just yet. Beyer is forecasting a cool down to take place on the weekend with temperatures dropping back down to about 10 C over the weekend.

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