After surviving severe storms, Saskatchewan is settling in for scorching summer temperatures.
“It’s pretty sad when the warmest day of your summer occurred on May 5, when it got up to 33.4 C,” said David Phillips with Environment Canada Tuesday. “This is something we haven’t seen in a while.”
Environment Canada is calling for a high of 31 C Tuesday in Regina, about five degrees warmer than normal.
In Saskatoon, the temperature is predicted to reach 30 C.
Phillips said temperatures will continue to hover in the high twenties, low thirties throughout the week into the next; however, the climatologist warned the heat comes coupled with a nasty surprise.
“The land of windchill is going to become the home of the humidex,” he said. “We’re going to see humidity values reach way up there.”
The humidex is an index number calculated by combining temperatures and how much moisture is in the air. Canadian meteorologists use it to describe how hot the weather feels to the average person.
On Tuesday, Environment Canada predicts humidex values as high as 37 in Regina, and around 35 in Saskatoon.
Similar conditions are predicted for southwest Saskatchewan, with other regions in the province seeing calls for rain and possible thunderstorms.
Phillips said what’s adding to the powder keg of humid conditions is the recent bout of heavy rain across the province.
“It’s called ‘crop sweat,’ and what we’re seeing is the southerly air coming off the great plains, but some of that precipitation that has fallen over several weeks, is now going to evaporate,” he said, adding growing crops are now actually putting humidity in the air.
“It’s going to feel like it’s almost tropical in a way, and it’s not always good for one’s health,” Phillips said.
People are advised to stay indoors or if they’re outside, to drink water throughout the day.
As for how the rest of summer will play out, Phillips said typically around Aug. 2 there’s a bump in warm weather. The climatologist said he still expects the province will see a warmer than normal season.