After a record-setting day on Tuesday, Environment Canada’s forecast is showing that this unseasonably warm weather could continue into next week.
Moose Jaw broke a record with a high of 16 degrees on Tuesday and was one of 23 communities in the province to break weather records. Moose Jaw’s previous record was 10.6 degrees set in 1931.
“Basically, we have a very mild Pacific air mass that has been allowed to flood across the prairies as the main Arctic air remains bottled up north over the Arctic and Baffin Island,” explains Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologist Chris Stammers, adding that El Nino is adding to the unseasonably warm conditions.
Maple Creek set a Saskatchewan record yesterday for the warmest day in January ever, reaching 21.1 degrees. The previous record was set in Cypress Hills on Jan. 7, 2003, at 19 degrees.
According to Environment Canada, these mild conditions could continue well into next week.
The forecast is showing temperatures above zero for daytime highs heading into the weekend before temperatures dip below the freezing mark.
“So, although we will cool down a bit for the start of next week, it looks like we’ll stay mild and still well above seasonal. There are signs that we kind of turn back towards normal mid to late next week,” said Stammers.
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