Environment Canada confirms a tornado touched down in southwest Saskatchewan Thursday evening.
It happened near Dollard around 8 p.m., which is 15 minutes west of Shaunavon. But while the tornado did not hit any towns, Shaunavon is cleaning up as high winds tore down trees and rains flooded roads.
Town Manager Jay Meyer said the storm hit fast and hard, filling the town’s sewers in a matter of minutes.
“Our storm sewers were actually pretty clean, but with the amount of water that was coming down, they just couldn’t keep up,” he said.
Snow might be the last thing on people's minds during a July heat wave, but there are still piles of it nearly 50 feet high at the City of Regina's snow storage site.
"It's unusual to still have snow in the middle of the summer, but we do," said Chris Warren, the city's manager of winter maintenance.
At its peak, Warren says some of the snow piles reached 80 to 90 feet high. In an effort to help the snow melt faster, the city deployed a few new techniques over the winter in how it piled the snow.
Many people in Regina are attempting to beat the heat this week with a dip in one of the city's five outdoor pools.
City manager of sport and recreation, Dean Dodge says says this is likely to be one of the busiest weeks of the year, with as many as 700 people coming to the larger pools, like the Wascana, in a given day.But you don't need to worry about them running out of space.
"Most pools don't reach full capacity for the duration of the day," said Dodge.
Football is a game of the elements, and this week has been a big test for the Riders.
They've been out every day so far in this blistering heat that has taken over Saskatchewan for the last few days.
The heat is not only tough on those watching, but especially those playing, and even more so the biggest guys on the field, those along the line of scrimmage.
"I prefer late November when it's minus-20 than this real hot stuff," said offensive lineman Brendon LaBatte.
Break out the beach towels and cold drinks Saskatchewan could be in for a warmer than normal summer.
Environment Canada's chief meteorologist Dave Phillips is updating his summer forecast suggesting a lot more beach and pool weather is on the way.
“The pattern of temperature across July and August is going to be warmer than normal,” he said, noting that normal for July is around 25 degrees.
Left all alone in a car as the sun beats down and heats air that has nowhere to go - it’s one of the worst places a pet could be on a hot day.
On Tuesday, most of Saskatchewan was in a heat wave hovering around the 30 degree Celsius mark.
Those conditions elicited stern warning from Leanne Roberts, the director of operations with the SPCA in Prince Albert.
The City of Weyburn has a new way to communicate critical information in the event of any emergency in the future.
Tuesday it launched the Everbridge Emergency Alert Program which is the first of its kind in Saskatchewan.
"In 2011, the City of Weyburn experienced a fair amount of flooding and we really struggled getting information back and forth to the public and it’s something the citizens kind of wanted," said Weyburn Fire Chief Steve Debienne. "They wanted some more critical information and time-sensitive information in a timely manner."
It can be a completely different scenario for those of us who get to enjoy the blistering heat by finding our favourite cool-down spot compared to those who have to work outside in it.
The crew at Cathedral Roofing in Harbour Landing looked sweaty and tired on Tuesday and even though they were still working, they were mindful to take frequent rests.
“Probably break about every 20 minutes and just go re-hydrate and go sit in the shade,” explained Marlon Horse with the company.
With temperatures hitting well over 30 degrees, many in
Saskatoon are looking to beat the heat.
Many parents made their way to the Thornton splash park to let their little ones have some fun while keeping cool.
Charlene Schou said it was a great spot to take her four year old, but that she was going to make sure to limit his time out in the direct sun to just a few hours to stay safe.
She added that the water park carried an added bonus: No trouble at bedtime.
The long harsh winter is just a memory as south Saskatchewan settles into the first major heat wave of summer.
The Canada Day long weekend brought us a lot of heat and the temperature is only going to climb higher. Temperatures are expected to hit a high of 30 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday.
For those who stayed in the city on the weekend, the pools were a popular option to cool off. Crystal Cary was one of dozens of people at Wascana Pool this weekend.
“All week I was looking forward to this at work sitting inside an office,” she commented.