Regina broke a hot weather record Monday making it the hot spot of Saskatchewan.
The daytime high reached 35.5 degrees celsius. It easily surpassed the 34.9C set in 2001.
Jason Knight with Environment Canada says it’s not all too unusual to break heat records at this time of the year.
“We’ve got a big upper ridge building in the west,” Knight said. “It’s bringing up warm air from the south once again. It’s likely to linger over southern Saskatchewan for the next couple of days.”
Knight says the endless drought-like conditions are contributing to the hot, sunny conditions.
“It’s very dry in southern Saskatchewan,” Knight said. “So that usually puts more energy into heating the air rather than the moisture around it. So that’s usually good for adding an extra degree or two.”
Knight says while it’s not too unusual to break heat records at this time of the year, it’s also to be expected.
“We’re looking at temperatures staying in the 30-degree range pretty much through Friday,” Knight said. “Then just cooling off back to normal for the weekend with generally sunny conditions.”
Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Val Marie, Cypress Hills, Weyburn and Wynyard also broke daytime high records — although none reached Regina’s temperature.