The Southwest Booster

August began with more record breaking heat


Southwest Saskatchew­an’s hot and dry summer extended into August with the new month beginning with more record heat.

Environmen­t Canada reported that two Southwest communitie­s were among nine Saskatchew­an locations where new daily maximum temperatur­e records were set on August 1.

Leader set a new August 1 record of 36.0 Celsius to edge the previous mark of 35.6 set in 1955. It also stands as the hottest August 1 since records have been kept in the Leader area since 1924.

Maple Creek climbed to 35.7 Celsius on Sunday to erase the former mark of 35.3 establishe­d in 2019. The record also ranks as the hottest August 1 since records were first kept over a century ago dating back to 1915.

A Heat Warning had been in effect for most of the long weekend, with daytime highs hovering in the low to mid 30s and overnight temperatur­es staying in the teens.

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