New August heat records set across the Southwest
There was a long list of Saskatchewan communities enduring new daily record highs on Thursday through Sunday, with the Southwest enduring daily record heat.
The Cypress Hills Provincial Park area reached 33.5 Celsius last Thursday to break their former August 9 record of 31.9 Celsius set in 2006. It now stands as the warmest August 9 since records were set back in 1918. Maple Creek and area climbed to 36.1 Celsius to equal the record set all the way back in 1936. Lucky Lake set a new record of 34.3 Celsius to eclipse the previous mark of 32.8 set in 1972. In total six new daily heat records were set.
On Friday, things got hotter and a total of 18 Saskatchewan communities set all time daily or all time monthly record. In the Southwest, Maple Creek’s new record of 40.1 Celsius eclipses the former mark of 36.0 Celsius set in 1984, and stands as the hottest August 10 since records started in 1915.
Swift Current’s new 40.0 Celsius record is the hottest August 10th since records were kept starting all the way back in 1885, breaking the previous mark of 37.0 Celsius set in 1984. Additional area records were set in: Cypress Hills (Provincial Park): 36.1 (previous record 33.5 in 1984); Leader: 38.6 (previous record 38.5 in 1984); and Lucky Lake: 39.9 (previous record 36.1 in 1978).
During Saturday’s all time record heat, new daily record highs were set at Cypress Hills Provincial Park: 35.2 Celsius (previous record 32.2 in 1967), and Maple Creek: 37.2 Celsius (previous record 34.4 in 1938).
Saskpower reported that the first day of the heatwave on August 9 produced a new summer power demand record. The peak electrical consumption reached 3,520 megawatts, breaking the previous summer record of 50 megawatts. The additional consumption is the equivalent amount of electricity needed for 50,000 homes.
“We’ve seen both summer and winter records set every year for a good while now. And if last summer is any indication, we could very well see another record before temperatures cool off heading into the fall,” said Saskpower Vice President of Transmission and Industrial Services Kory Hayko. “It’s Saskpower’s responsibility to ensure that Saskatchewan people and businesses have the power they need to thrive. That’s what drives our investment of $1 billion every year to modernize and grow the province’s electrical system.”