Yesterday (February 15) was a great day to be a meteorologist. Many communities in Alberta hit record highs.
Brian Proctor, Weather Specialist, Environment Canada says enjoy today as we start to cool down over the weekend and into next week.
"We are looking for a high around 12 degrees in the Calgary/Cochrane area and then some cold weather begins to slip back down."
Proctor says normal's for around Calgary this time of year are around 0 C for a high and and a low of -12 C, so we are well above our normal temperatures.
"Some cooler air starts to settle back in on Friday over southern Alberta so a high of 6 lows of -5 overnight, as we start to get in Saturday, Sunday, Monday highs are going to be hovering just around or just above the freezing point and overnight lows in that -5 to -7 degree range. It is settling back into a more seasonal pattern."
If you think the fast melt could raise the question about flooding, Proctor says overland flooding due to warm weather is relatively not a huge concern in Southern Alberta due to chinooks.
"When we get really warm temperatures we normally have significant winds associated with them which helps evaporate off the moisture."
Moving forward into the work week next week; no significant storms and steady normal average temperatures.
Record highs set as of 3pm on February 15 around the Province
- Calgary/Cochrane 16.0 C (15.6 C set in 1916)
- Banff 9.5 C (9.4 C set in 1950)
- Edmonton International 11.0 C (8.4 C set in 2008)
- Edmonton Municipal 14.1 C (13.9 C set in 1916)
- Fort Chipewyan 5.0 C (4.2 C set in 1977)
- Grande Prairie 11.0 C (9.4 set in 1931)
- High Level 9.0 C (7.9 C set in 1977)
Medicine Hat, Peace River, Jasper, Claresholm, Fort McMurray, and Cold Lake were all expected to break previous highs.