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Hot temperatures on Friday ended up being the hottest days of the summer for a number of Southwest Saskatchewan communities.

The provincial unofficial hot spot in Saskatchewan on August 16 was Val Marie, which reached an afternoon high of 36.0 Celsius, easily outdistancing their previous summer hot day of 31.6 Celsius. Mankota also reached the 36 Celsius mark according to Environment Canada records.

Swift Current, which had not topped the 30 Celsius mark until this week, reached a high of 31.8 Celsius on Thursday and jumped to 35.4 Celsius on Friday.

Maple Creek, which reached 33.3 Celsius on July 2 to set the previous unofficial warmest summer day for the Southwest by reaching 33.3 Celsius, reached a sizzling 34.5 Celsius on Friday.

Leader has recorded back to back hot days, reaching 34.6 Celsius on Thursday and recording a daytime high of 35.7 Celsius yesterday.

The Southwest is expected to record above normal temperatures again today, with forecast highs between 28 and 30 Celsius expected today.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Val Marie, Swift Current

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