Red Deerians will be able to enjoy a bit of cool weather this weekend, but high temperatures will return in the middle of next week, says an Environment Canada meteorologist.
A heat warning was in effect this past Saturday and Sunday. It was lifted Monday, but another heat warning was introduced Wednesday and Thursday.
The current heat warning is likely to end Friday, said Kyle Fougere, Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologist.
“We’re going to see, finally, a change in the weather pattern this weekend,” Fougere said Thursday.
“We’ve had a persistent ridge of high pressure over western North American for most of June and July, as well as the start of August. There have been a few times where the ridge kind of broke down, but for the most part that consistent ridge has brought clear skies and warm or hot temperatures.”
A low-pressure system from northern B.C. will move into the province this weekend, Fougere explained.
“It’s going to bring the first substantive change we’ve had in a while. When this low-pressure system comes, there will be a cold front that sweeps through Red Deer, probably (Friday) afternoon or evening, bringing cooler temperatures and likely some rain or thunderstorms,” he said.
Environment Canada’s forecast shows Friday and Saturday will have high temperatures in the mid-20s. Sunday’s forecast shows a high of 19 C.
The heat is expected to return to central Alberta in the middle of next week, Fougere added.
“Unfortunately it does look like … around Wednesday or Thursday, you’re going to see the return of some hot temperatures, as the ridge of high pressure does build into the province again,” he said.
The forecast shows a high of 28 C on Tuesday and 31 C on Wednesday next week.
This July was the seventh-hottest July on record for Red Deer and June was the second-hottest on record.
Fougere said the most important thing to remember during heat warning is to “limit your exposure” to the weather.
“We always try to tell people, especially when it comes to strenuous activity, to watch themselves and watch their response to the heat,” he said.
“If possible, move outdoor strenuous activities to the cooler hours of the day.”