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March goes out with wintry sting

Posted on April 2, 2014 by Maple Creek

It looks like old man winter has unleashed one more cold snap on the province as record-breaking temperatures were seen across Saskatchewan on Monday.

While no records were broken at Maple Creek, the temperature dropped to a low of -13.8 C and high of 1.8 C on the last day of March. The previous weather record for this date was broken in 1936 when the temperature fell to -20.8 C.

Environment Canada reported communities across the province registering extreme temperatures. At Key Lake the mercury dipped to -39 C and at Uranium City a frosty -35.8 C.  Cold weather records were also broken at Elbow, Nipawin and Yorkton on March 31.

Leader reached a high of -2 C and a low of -16.7 C. In Shaunavon, the temperature reached highs of -1.1 C and lows of -13.8 C.  For Eastend, the mercury dipped to a low of -13.8 C and a high of -1.1 C, and at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park the thermometer registered a low of -13.1 C and a high of -4 C.

Normal temperatures in Maple Creek for April are around 9 C.

“We are not likely to see that until the weekend, maybe Friday,”said Natalie Hasell, warning preparedness  meteorologist for Environment Canada.

“The overnight normals are in the range of -4 C and we’re going to get to that by Thursday night or Friday morning and the other overnight temperatures in the forecast look pretty good,” said Hasell. “We should be back to normal temperatures by the time we get back to Friday this week. “

“For the next two weeks and looking at the public forecast for Maple Creek we see the temperature right now you are  at 3 C which is pretty good,” she said.

A daily pattern of a gap of about 10 to 15 degrees between nighttime and daytime temperatures will likely continue Hasell said.

“You might still have a little bit of a freeze-thaw cycle, above zero during the day and then below zero at night, so if anything does melt it freezes again and it slows down the process,” she said.

Wednesday next week will likely be the warmest  day, with a cooling trend later next week, Hasell noted. “You do recuperate and it looks at that point the temperatures do stay above freezing mostly. It’s still going to be below normal temperatures for at least a little bit longer, but it does look like things are improving.”

Average temperatures in the month of March for Maple Creek typically hover between 0.8 C and -10.4 C.

Today expect a mix of sun and cloud, a low -7 C and a high of 6 C in Maple Creek. Heading into the weekend on Friday the forecast calls for a low of -3 C and a high of 10 C. Warmer weather is likely to head this way over the weekend, a mix of sun and cloud is expected on Sunday with a low of -5 C and a high of 10 C, and on Monday sunshine with a high of 13 C and low of -4 C.

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