After an early start to winter in November, people enjoyed a record-setting day of warmth across Saskatchewan Thursday.
It was T-shirt weather in Maple Creek which nearly hit 20 C and took the title of Canada’s hottest spot.
Saskatoon and Regina didn’t break temperature records, but 10 places did including one dating back over a century. Swift Current reached 13.2 C, beating a record set in 1890.
Assiniboia, Cypress Hills, Eastend, Estevan, Weyburn Maple Creek and Swift Current all beat old temperature records warming up to between 11 C and 14 C. Coronach and Val Marie joined Maple Creek basking in summer-like heat getting up to 19 C.
Drivers might want to top up on windshield washer fluid Friday because it’s going to be another day of melting.
Early Friday morning, some residential side streets that had a lot of snow turned into skating rinks in Regina. Fortunately, most of the main streets were wet, but not icy.
Streets were wet in Saskatoon, with some slippery sections reported on side streets and main roads. Highways around Saskatoon were particularly slippery, including Highway 45 between Saskatoon and Wakaw and Highway 11 south of the city.
The Highway Hotline showed similar conditions, with some highways reporting icy conditions and others described as “wet, subject to freezing.”
It could be a great weekend for snowball fights or building snowmen with the kids, because the forecast looks like temperatures will stay above freezing around the 3 C mark.