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Summer-like heat may shatter temperature records on the Prairies

Sunday, May 16th 2021, 8:04 pm - The Prairies will see climbing temperatures that will set the stage for potential record-breaking heat for some areas.

The heat will be turned up a notch on the Prairies as several regions are seeing a fair shot at experiencing 30-degree daytime highs for the first time this year, possibly breaking records. For a closer look, see below.

MONDAY: POTENTIAL RECORD-BREAKING HEAT, SOUTHERN AREAS REMAIN DRY

All three Prairie provinces will be approaching 30°C for the first time in 2021 on Monday. Some areas such as Prince Albert and Brandon will likely see their warmest day since August 2020. The incoming heat adds concerns about the ongoing drought conditions the region is experiencing.

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"Unfortunately, southern areas will remain very dry through the middle of next week," says Dr. Doug Gillham, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

LOOK AHEAD: HEAT EASES OFF, NEEDED MOISTURE SEEPS IN

A boundary across the northern Prairies will bring a dome of showers from northern Alberta to Hudson Bay to start the week. With help from this weekend’s heat, areas including Edmonton, Red Deer through Cold Lake could see isolated thunderstorms with heavy rainfall on Monday.

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A system will then develop along this boundary by Tuesday, pulling a pool of cold air into the parts of the region by Wednesday.

This system will send temperatures tumbling and parts of Alberta will drop from 30°C on Monday to single digits by Thursday. However, temperatures will remain above seasonal for southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

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In addition to the temperature shift, Gulf moisture will continuously feed into the region through the week. This could bring 20-30 mm of rain across Alberta and Saskatchewan, while southern Manitoba will just see a few showers and lower levels of precipitation.

Be sure to check back for the latest updates on the warming temperatures and drought conditions across the Prairies.

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