It’s been record breaking week of warm weather in Saskatchewan to start the month of November.
John Paul Cragg with Environment Canada said a southern air flow brought the warmer weather into Saskatchewan.
“Instead of getting air flowing down from the Arctic and cooler areas of Canada, we saw a flow that brought warm air up from the States into Saskatchewan and really warmed up the province,” he said. “We’ve been warm for pretty much the whole month of November.”
On Wednesday Nov. 9, every single day high record Environment Canada keeps in Saskatchewan was broken. In North Battleford the mercury hit 17.7 degrees beating the record of 15.6 set back in 1905.
Many of North Battleford’s single day records in November were set in 1880 and Cragg said over the years you can see the changes.
“When you have records that go all the way back 130 years you see that though we have averages for what to expect in Saskatchewan, if you look at the record there’s so much variability that those averages are just that, they’re averages,” he said.
As for 2016, Cragg said the warmer weather should extend into the weekend before cooling off next week.
“Sunday, Monday things cool off a little bit and then by the end of next week it looks like there’s a possibility of most of southern Saskatchewan being back down around average for this time of year. What is average for this time of year? It’s a high of around zero degrees and a low of around minus nine,” Cragg said.
Matt Kelly is battlefordsNOW's town municipal affairs and community reporter. He can be reached at [email protected] or tweet him @mattjkelly2.
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