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Extreme heat warning for Red Deer and area

Alberta is feeling the heat this week, as temperatures rise close to the 30C mark, prompting a heat warning from Environment Canada.

After a mix of warm and wet days throughout the early summer, much of the province will begin to feel the hot summer temperatures beginning Monday.

On Wednesday, the temperature is expected to reach 29C, with an overnight low of only 14C. The day following is expected to be even hotter, with a daytime high of 31C.

The summer temperatures will push out the below-seasonal damp the area has experienced thanks to a “a ridge of high pressure and a downsloping, mild southwesterly flow,” according to meteorologists at The Weather Network.

Monday’s heat won’t be the peak of the heatwave, though the high temperatures are expected to shift by the later half of the week.

The Weather Network warns severe thunderstorms could rise up in the afternoon Tuesday, as “instability builds” throughout Central Alberta.

The highest temperature seen in the Red Deer area was in 1975, when temperatures reached at high of 33.9C.

With a heat warning in place, residents and visitors are warned to take precautions when venturing outside.

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