FILE - Red Deerians should make an effort to stay cool during the upcoming heat wave. (File photo by Advocate staff)

FILE - Red Deerians should make an effort to stay cool during the upcoming heat wave. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Heat is on the way for central Alberta

30 C temperatures starting Sunday

Get ready for some sweaty days Red Deer.

Environment Canada is forecasting 29 C for Saturday, and 30 C and higher temperatures from Sunday until Thursday.

Wednesday is expected to reach a high of 36 C, and on Canada it could reach 33 C.

The average temperature for this time of year is 21 C.

Justin Shelley, meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada, said a stronger than normal ridge of high pressure system, coupled with a blocking pattern, will create the extended, steamy temperatures.

“It’s pretty much all of B.C. and all of Alberta that is going to experience this for the better part of a week for sure,” said Shelley.

“It’s definitely a hot start to the summer.”

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Red Deer could set new heat records next week.

The current record for June 26 was 35 C set in 1926; June 27 was 34.4 C in 1936; June 28 was 37.2 C in 1937; June 29 was 37.2 C in 1937; June 30 was 30.6 in 1944; July 1 was 36.7 in 1924; and July 2 was 37.2 in 1924.

Records date back to 1904.

Shelley said even if Red Deer does not surpass any historic highs, it’s the sheer duration of the event which would be unprecedented for the region.

Red Deer only averages about 3.5 days above 30 C per year which also makes this streak of weather so significant, he said.

“The heat is going to be the main story for the next week to 10 days.”

He said people should plan outdoor activities for the cool time of day, drink plenty of water, check on loved ones at higher risk of heat illness, and when leaving a vehicle check the back seat for pets and children.



szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com

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