Temperatures across southern Europe have been so hot in recent days – climbing to more than 40 C in some areas – the heat wave has been called “Lucifer”.
Several deaths have been reported and severe weather warnings have been issued in Spain, France, Italy and the Balkan States.
Serbia’s capital Belgrade reached a scorching 39 C and train service in the southern part of the country was halted after rail tracks buckled in the extreme heat.
By contrast, northern Europe has been much cooler and wetter with the thermometer dropping as low as 4 C in the Scottish Highlands.
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.
Brilliant pink sky over NE Moncton, 06 June 2017 (Dearing)
At least one New Brunswick location dropped to a new low on 06 June.
Environment Canada says Kouchibouguac National Park set a new cold record of -1.7 C which broke the old minimum of -1.1 C from 1958.
Greater Moncton managed to escape frost this week thanks to cloud cover although the thermometer fell to the freezing point tying a record low.
Following a brief period of very warm air, forecasters say temperatures will reach near seasonal values for the short term.
Signs of spring, downtown Moncton, 10 April 2017 (Dearing)
For the first time this spring, temperatures in the Maritime Provinces climbed to 20 C and higher yesterday.
In Greater Moncton, the thermometer hit 20.6 C but wasn’t quite as warm as the record of 26.7 C from 1945.
Grand Manan Island was the hotspot in New Brunswick with a new record high of 20.8 C.
Several locations in Nova Scotia were also the warmest so far this season with 23.1 C recorded at Halifax Stanfield Airport although it was much cooler in downtown Halifax.
A new record was set in Kejimkujik Park at 25.8 C which was the hotspot in Canada.
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.
Still looks like winter in NE Moncton, 31 March 2017 (Dearing)
The temperature was warmer in the far north cities of Whitehorse and Yellowknife than it was in Greater Moncton.
The thermometer barely climbed above freezing today but at least the sun made an appearance after a five day absence.
Lots of cloud and frequent periods of snow have made the end of March look more like the beginning of January.
Environment Canada is not forecasting spring-like weather in the near future with another possible snowstorm by the middle of next week.
Sunset in Irishtown Nature Park, Moncton, 18 March 2017 (Dearing)
A low pressure system from Quebec tracking eastward into New Brunswick was originally expected to be a blizzard but Environment Canada downgraded that warning to a blowing snow advisory late today.
After reaching a high of 5 C by afternoon in Greater Moncton, the thermometer dropped below freezing by evening and rain changed to snow.
Strong, gusty winds will create blowing snow with 10 cm possible before conditions improve tomorrow.
Wind chills will be unseasonably cold over the next 24 hours with values as low as -27 C.
The January wolf moon over downtown Moncton, 11 Jan 2017 (Dearing)
Greater Moncton is experiencing another see-saw temperature pattern this week.
After the thermometer fell to -23.2 early Tuesday (coldest yet this winter and coldest since February 2015), a Colorado Low brought milder air and rain to Southeast New Brunswick today with a balmy high of 7.7 C.
But an Arctic air mass is pushing in again by the weekend and Environment Canada says a drop to -19 C is forecast by early Saturday.
By early next week, temperatures are set to get warmer again and climb above freezing.
Lots of snow for mid-December in Moncton, 16 Dec 2016 (Dearing)
On Saturday morning the temperature in Greater Moncton bottomed out at a frigid -22.1°C but by later in the evening it had climbed to -2°C.
The thermometer continued to rise on Sunday and a mild high of 10.6°C was recorded by late afternoon with heavy rain before another drop to -1°C by late in the evening with snow flurries.
Today the temperature is dropping as the day goes on and as of mid-morning sat at -13°C.
In a 48-hour period the temperature climbed more than 30 degrees C and then dropped again by 24 degrees C – one of the wildest temperature swings in recent memory.
A cold late afternoon in downtown Moncton, 16 Dec 2016 (Facebook)
An Arctic air mass has lowered temperatures in Southeast New Brunswick to their coldest levels for mid-December since the early 1970s.
The thermometer dropped below -20°C over the last two days in Greater Moncton settling at -22.1°C this morning with a bitter wind chill of -35.
The record for this date is -26.1°C from 1943.
Environment Canada is forecasting a sharp temperature rise overnight and tomorrow.