The Blue Grass Sod Farms Central Spray Park in Red Deer will likely be popular for the next few days as temperatures will stay high. (File photo by Jeff Stokoe/Advocate staff)

Temperature expected to soar to 30 C by Saturday in Red Deer

Feel the heat

Summer just keeps on giving.

The next three days will be scorchers, capped off with a blazing 30 C on Saturday.

If that is reached, it will be the first time the temperature has hit 30 C this month, although Red Deer came close with a 29.4 C last Friday. Statistically, Red Deer gets 1.3 days of 30 C in July.

“On average, you get a day in July and every few years a second day in July,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Dan Kulak. For the year? On average, three days of at least 30 C.

Thursday’s temperature is expected to hit 28 C and Friday 25 C. Thursday is also expected to produce some thunderstorms and a 40 per cent chance of showers.

That follows another brush with severe weather in Central Alberta on Wednesday.

Severe weather watches for most of Central Alberta were issued around 3 p.m. It was upgraded to a thunderstorm warning for Rocky Mountain House at 3:17 pm, with strong wind gusts, heavy rain and nickel-sized hail reported as the storm made its way there.

Kulak said he gets asked often what the difference is between a watch and a warning.

“Watch, (there’s) potential — heads up. Warning — duck.”

While it may seem to many that hot days in Central Alberta are always paid for with thunderstorms later in the day, it’s more complicated than that.

“There is somewhat of a correlation between warm weather and storms. But it’s not a given that on hot days you’re going to get thunderstorms.

“There’s more to mix of ingredients required than just the heat.”

The latest hot spell is the result of southwest air flows over the mountains that is bringing up a lot of warm from the U.S. It’s the same pattern, that is to blame for dumping smoke from B.C.’s wildfires into Alberta.

By Sunday, it will start to cool down with 21 C forecast. Monday is forecast to hit 20 C and Tuesday 22 C.

“Early part of next week it will come back closer towards what we would consider an average temperature,” he said.

pcowley@reddeeradvocate.com

Environment Canada weatherSummer

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Blockades remain in place as Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs returning to B.C.

Hereditary chiefs from Wet’suwet’en First Nation are expected to return to British… Continue reading

Fort Macleod, Alta., to get special advance screening of new ‘Ghostbusters’ film

There will be something strange in the neighbourhood of Fort Macleod, Alta.,… Continue reading

Hundreds turn up at Coldest Night of Year walk in Red Deer

It wasn’t the coldest night of the year, which probably helped the… Continue reading

Police in Saskatoon shoot two dogs that attacked man, then advanced on officers

SASKATOON — Police in Saskatoon say officers had to open fire at… Continue reading

13-year-old Maskwacis teen missing

Maskwacis RCMP are asking for public assistance to locate 13-year-old Rebecca Soosay.… Continue reading

Fashion Fridays: The 8 best quality online stores! Shop the ultimate sales

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Your community calendar

Feb. 19 A Liberation of Holland event is being held at the… Continue reading

Wranglers win wild Game 1 double OT thriller over Red Deer Vipers

The best-of-seven series continues Sunday in Sylvan Lake

Kings and Queens basketball triumph over Ambrose, keep playoff hopes alive

Guard Sandra Garica-Bernal sets new Queens all-time steals mark

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world… Continue reading

View of a longtime economist: Slower growth but no recession

WASHINGTON — In this high-profile election year, the U.S. economy boasts an… Continue reading

Amy, chasing: Klobuchar, already beating odds, faces uphill climb

WASHINGTON — It’s been a running gag ever since she launched her… Continue reading

B.C. money laundering inquiry to begin amid hopes for answers, accountability

VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s attorney general hopes an inquiry into money laundering… Continue reading

Russian spy case documents missing or destroyed, Canada’s info watchdog finds

OTTAWA — Federal officials lost or possibly destroyed sensitive records about the… Continue reading

Most Read