Edmonton weather: We did it! We broke the record for most days above 30 degrees in a summer

Increasing cloudiness. 30 per cent chance of showers this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. Hazy this morning. Wind becoming northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 this afternoon. High 25. Humidex 29.

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Well done, Edmonton! We broke the record for most days that have reached above 30 degrees in a summer. Yesterday’s high of 31.8 degrees pushed us past the finish line. The record was set in 1961 with 14 days above 30 degrees. Yesterday marked the 15th day with a daytime high above 30 degrees.

I realize that this isn’t a record we should be over the moon about celebrating. It indicates the effects of global warming on our planet.

I’m happy to say that we should see slightly cooler temperatures today with a 30 per cent chance of showers and a risk of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Tomorrow will be cooler with a high of 22 degrees and a 60 per cent chance of showers in the late morning and afternoon.

I hope some of those showers come through. We need the precipitation desperately.

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apelech@postmedia.com

Today’s forecast

Today: Increasing cloudiness. 30 per cent chance of showers this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. Hazy this morning. Wind becoming northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 this afternoon. High 25. Humidex 29. UV index 6 or high.

Tonight: Clearing this evening. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 13.

Tomorrow: Increasing cloudiness early in the morning. 60 per cent chance of showers late in the morning and in the afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. High 22. UV index 5 or moderate.

Sunrise: 5:58 a.m. MDT

Sunset: 9:21 p.m. MDT

Normals

Average High: 23 °C

Average Low: 12 °C

Yesterday

Max: 31.8 °C

Min: 15.0 °C

Total Precipitation: 0.0 mm

On This Day (1996-2019)

Highest temperature: 33.0°C in 1997

Lowest temperature: 8.9°C in 2002

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