All time record heat blasts the Southwest

Southern Saskatchewan endured back-to-back days of record heat during the final two days of a memorable August heatwave.

The communities of Val Marie, Assiniboia, and Broadview all set all time record highs on Saturday, August 11, while extreme heat enveloped Western Canada.

Val Marie rose to an all time record high of 40.9 Celsius on Saturday to edge past the previous mark of 40.6 recorded back in both August 1949 and July 1960. It now stands up as the hottest ever temperature recorded in the community among records dating back to 1939.

Assiniboia climbed to a community record high of 41.1 Celsius to rank as the hottest day in the community since records were kept starting in 1965. Their previous hottest day was 40.5 Celsius.

Broadview set a new record high of 39.4 Celsius to break the former mark of 38.7 set in July 1981.

Swift Current was one of five communities where new all time record August highs were set during Saturday’s heat. Swift Current reached 40.1 Celsius to marginally beat the all time record of 40.0 set the previous day. It ranks as the hottest August day since records were kept starting in 1885.

Moose Jaw climbed all the way to a blistering 42.3 Celsius to set a new all time August record high, climbing past the 41.7 record set in 1949. It is Moose Jaw’s all time August record high since records were kept starting in 1894.

Other new August all time records were set in:
Coronach: 40.1 Celsius (previous record 39.5 on August 10).
Regina: 41.0 Celsius (previous record 40.6 in 1949).
Weyburn: 40.9 Celsius (previous record 40.0 in 1958).

While they did not reach all time monthly record levels, four other locations set new daily record highs.
Cypress Hills Provincial Park: 35.2 Celsius (previous record 32.2 in 1967).
Maple Creek: 37.2 Celsius (previous record 34.4 in 1938).
Estevan: 38.5 Celsius (previous record 35.0 in 1965).
Waskesiu Lake: 32.0 Celsius (previous record 31.7 in 1967).