If you hear fire truck sirens lately, odds are they might be heading out to a grass fire. Hot and dry conditions are becoming a bit of a danger and fire bans have been issued throughout central Alberta.
According to Meteorologist with Environment Canada, Justin Shelley we’re going to have a few more days of heat and but there is a possibility we could see some moisture into the weekend
“It does look like there is what I'd call a moderate chance of seeing some precipitation over the weekend. That upper ridge that is built over Alberta this week is going to move off slightly to the East, which will allow for a bit of instability in behind, with some showers possible maybe an isolated non-severe thunderstorm as well. Generally speaking, some scattered showers, most likely over the foothills and Mountain Park regions, but looks like it could extend into central regions of the province,” explained Shelley.
Shelley says it is a little bit early to call for rain as his models are a bit unpredictable at this time.
With temperatures forecasted at 27 degrees for Thursday there is a chance we could break some records. The record for Thursday, May 4 is currently set at 28.9 degrees.
“We're not currently forecasting record temperatures just below record temperatures, but we're still quite above normal for this time of year or about. Our normal daytime high should be like 15-to-16-degree range and we're about 10 degrees above that this week,” said Shelley.
Heat records were also broken yesterday (May 1, 2023).
“We did have a lot of records broken yesterday. Well, over 30 records were broken across Alberta, including Lacombe. Daytime high temperatures got to 27.5, which exceeded the old record of 26.7 set in 1941,” explained Shelley.
In the long range, Shelley says it is looking like we are going to have a very dry spring and which will create the potential for an earlier start to thunderstorm season.