‘Potentially historic’ heat wave to bear down on Calgary next week

The city is urging Calgarians to take caution for next week’s heat wave, with forecasts showing temperatures climbing from the mid-20s on Friday to the 30s by Sunday.

Environment Canada forecasts a high of 36 C on Wednesday. Average highs for this time of year are around 21 C.

Kyle Fougère, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada, called the temperatures “potentially historic,” adding that several days next week will likely break temperature records.

“It could also break the all-time June maximum temperature record in Calgary of 35 C, which was set in 1926,” Fougère said. “We may even threaten the all-time Calgary maximum temperature record, which is 36.5 C, which was set in August 2018.

“Not only will the magnitude of this event be potentially historic, the duration of the event will too.”

Calgary has the potential of five or six days where the maximum temperature could reach or exceed 32 C. The last time Calgary had a stretch with five days of 32 C was in 1914.

“So this has the potential to be the most significant heat event that anyone living has experienced in the city of Calgary,” Fougère said.

More to come.

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