The dog days of summer are among us but if Thursday was any indication, the season isn’t going away without a fight.
Edmonton broke a 108-year-old temperature record on Thursday, hitting a high of 32.2 C as of 3 p.m. The previous record in Edmonton was 30.6 C, which was set on Sept. 7, 1909.
Three other temperature records were broken in Alberta on Thursday.
Fort Chipewyan reached a high of 30 C, breaking a record of 25 C set on this day in 1937.
High Level reached a high of 29 C on Thursday, breaking the old record of 26.5 set in 2013.
Slave Lake’s new temperature record for Sept. 7 is 30 C. The city’s previous record of 28. 5 C was set in 1981.
Fort McMurray nearly broke a record for this day, tying its record high of 31 C set in 2011.
Edmonton has been hovering about 10 degrees above the average temperature for this time of year for the past few days. Global Edmonton chief meteorologist Jesse Beyer said people should get out and enjoy the hot weather while it lasts.
“Things will shift by Friday afternoon in central Alberta. We’ll be dealing with increased cloudiness and showers as we head into the weekend,” Beyer explained, adding temperatures in the seven-day forecast will be five to 10 degrees cooler after Thursday.
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