New Au­gust heat records set across the South­west

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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.”

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