A mini heat wave that hit the Fort Saskatchewan area earlier this week has come and gone without setting any weather records.
With its high of 32.3 C, Tuesday was the warmest day seen in the Edmonton region since July 9, 2015, when the temperature climbed to 34.1 C.
Neither temperature comes close to hitting the area’s hottest day on record, a mark of 37.2 C set back on June 29, 1937.
The recent hot weather was notable for another reason, though. According to Dan Kulak, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, Monday and Tuesday marked the first time in three years the area has seen two days in a row above 30 degrees. Monday’s high was 30.7 C.
“Typically when we do get 30 degree days in the Edmonton area it's usually one or perhaps two days,” Kulak said. “It's rarely longer than that, though it can happen.”
The Edmonton area generally enjoys only three or four days a year of 30 C or higher temperatures, usually between May and September – 2018 has brought four already, with the first back in May.
“So we may be a little bit ahead of the game. Last year we had six 30 degree days in the Edmonton area, so a little more than the average,” Kulak said.
In 2016 the mercury climbed to the 30 C mark only once.
“So certainly every year has got its own characteristic personality."