Weather watches, warnings, statements re: heat and thunderstorms, 08 July 2017 (Environment Canada)
A strong ridge of high pressure over Western Canada has pushed the thermometer into record high territory for British Columbia and Alberta.
On 07 July, dozens of communities set new maximum temperatures with the highest at 39.4 C in Warfield and 38.3 C in Nelson but the hot spot in Canada was Garden River in northern Alberta at 40.3 C.
The major cities were warm too with Calgary reaching 33 C and Edmonton 30 C.
Heat warnings have been issued for most of Alberta and parts of Saskatchewan where temperatures will be near 29 C or higher for the next few days and residents are urged to take precautions.
Children play at a water park in Las Vegas, NV, USA, 20 June 2017 (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Excessive heat warnings have been posted in parts of California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico where record highs have been broken.
Las Vegas tied its record today of 47 C and Phoenix came close to its all-time high at 48 C.
Many flights have been delayed or cancelled since smaller jets can’t operate properly in dangerously hot conditions.
Temperatures have soared to 53 C in Death Valley, California which climbed to 56.7 C on 10 July 1913 – the hottest ever in North America.
Warm weather in Ontario heading to the Maritimes, 17 May 2017 (TWN)
A high pressure system is pushing warm, southerly air into the Maritimes with highs approaching 30 C tomorrow in New Brunswick.
Environment Canada says humidex values could climb to 39 which has led to a Level 1 Heat Alert for Fredericton and St. Stephen.
The provincial health department issues this alert when anyone vulnerable to the heat may be affected.
Greater Moncton could break a record on Thursday if the temperature reaches the forecast high of 28 C.
Outdoor thermometer in NE Moncton, 07 April 2017 (Dearing)
Astronomical spring officially arrived almost three weeks ago but it finally arrived in the Maritimes today with record highs throughout the region.
In Greater Moncton, the temperature climbed to 17.3 C – the warmest high of 2017 – which surpassed the previous record of 15.6 C from 1962.
It hasn’t been this warm since 22 October when the thermometer reached 20.5 C.
The hot spot in New Brunswick was 17.7 C in Kouchibouguac, it reached 16.7 C in Stanhope, Prince Edward Island and 21.1 C in Greenwood, Nova Scotia.
The highest temperatures in Canada were found in Saskatchewan today with a high of 24 C in Regina.
Irishtown Nature Park, Moncton, NB, 23 Oct 2016 (Dearing)
A cold front from the Great Lakes combined with a tropical low to bring rain, wind and warm temperatures to the Maritimes this weekend.
The heaviest amount of rain fell in the Halifax region with about 80 mm recorded, already-soaked Cape Breton got off relatively easily with 35 mm in Sydney.
Greater Moncton only received 16 mm of rain but winds were as gusty as 70 km/h and the temperature climbed to a balmy 20.5 C.
The hot spot in the Maritimes was in Cheticamp with a record high of 23.9 C.
Map shows temperature contrast with a front on the Prairies, 02 Apr 2016 (Twitter)
Unusually mild Pacific air has drifted into the western Prairie Provinces breaking record highs in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Some parts of southern Alberta reached 25 C yesterday and many cities either broke record highs or were close to breaking them.
Drumheller, AB set a new maximum of 24.4 C and Moose Jaw, SK reached a new record at 24.5 C.
The warm air didn’t reach Manitoba which is feeling the impact of the polar vortex which will sink over Eastern Canada this week.
Jones Lake, Moncton, NB, 17 Sept 2015 (Dearing)
A 100-year-old record high was broken today in Moncton according to Environment Canada.
On this date in 1915, the thermometer climbed to 27.8 C but today that high was surpassed with a new record of 29.0 C.
Bathurst, Miramichi and Kouchibouguac all climbed to at least 30.0 C.
Fredericton was the hotspot in New Brunswick and the entire country today at 30.2 C.
Temperatures are running almost 10 degrees above normal for mid-September.
Jones Lake, Moncton, NB, 28 May 2015 (Dearing)
A warm day in New Brunswick yesterday led to a record high of 30.2 C in Greater Moncton which beats the old record of 28.3 C in 1940.
Environment Canada says the hotspot in the province and the entire country was Kouchibouguac at nearly 33 C.
But not everyone was that warm with foggy conditions in Saint John limiting the high to a chilly 14 C.
A huge mountain of snow next to the VIA Rail station, Moncton, NB, 04 March 2015 (Dearing)
Greater Moncton enjoyed its warmest high temperature today (11 March) since Christmas Day.
Environment Canada says the thermometer climbed to 8.8 C and the last time it was that warm was 25 December when the high reached a record-breaking 15.6 C!
With 119 cm of snow still on the ground, more days like this will be needed to melt the deep snow cover.
The warm spot in New Brunswick today was St. Stephen where it reached 11.4 C.
Change is in the air for New Brunswick and much of Eastern Canada and the United States thanks to a blast of Arctic air as the polar jet stream sinks south.
Environment Canada says temperatures could plunge to -20 C in Greater Moncton by New Year’s Eve and even colder in northern parts of the province which is the coldest air yet this season.
Definitely a different story from recent days with record breaking high temperatures causing the snow cover to disappear across Southern New Brunswick.