Swift Current and Moose Jaw had their warmest February 15 in over a century when the mercury rose to double digit temperatures on Wednesday.
Swift Current reached a new daytime high of 11.4 Celsius on Wednesday, breaking the former mark of 8.3 set in 1916. It also ranks as the warmest February 15 since weather records began in 1886. Moose Jaw reached 10.2 Celsius to eclipse their former mark of 8.3 also set in 1916.
A warm Pacific air mass which moved into the prairies was responsible for setting eight new record high temperatures in Saskatchewan. Maple Creek rose to a stunning 18.9 Celsius on Wednesday, shattering the old record of 11.0 Celsius set in 1981. During part of Wednesday’s record breaking day, Maple Creek was the warmest place in Canada.
Environment Canada is calling for temperatures to rise into the low double digits again today, before dipping slightly heading into the weekend.