sections of Alberta are expected to experience temperatures in the
upper 80s and lower 90s [F] tomorrow. Such heat is expected to spike
fire dangers throughout the region. Image source: Earth
weather forecast for Wednesday, May 31, 2017 tells
a story of predicted extreme heat for a typically cool region of
Northwest Canada. High temperatures for the day are expected to range
from 86 to 90 F (30 to 32 C). That’s a hot day anywhere. But it’s
particularly impressive for a region that shares a common climate
with places like historically cold Alaska and Hudson Bay.
high temperatures for Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada for this time
of year typically top out at a rather cool 64 degrees Fahrenheit (18
C) — closer to the expected Wednesday morning low of 62 F (17 C).
Wednesday’s forecast high, meanwhile, is quite considerably outside
the normal range and exceeds 30 year averages by fully 22 to 26
degrees F. If such heat does emerge, it will tie or breakthe
2007 all-time record for May 31 of 86 F (30 C).
Such record heat is now predicted to occur after today’s
expected, well above average, high of 80 F (26 C).
spike in fire hazard early this week coincides with predicted record
temperatures across Alberta. Image source: Alberta
warmth — which deepened over the weekend and is expected to peak by
Wednesday — is presently resulting in spiking fire dangers for the
to the government of Alberta,
fire risk for Fort McMurray is now listed as very high through
Wednesday due to above average to near record high temperatures and
low humidity. Fire hazard for a large swath of Northern Alberta is
now also rated very-high-to-extreme.
are flaring over British Columbia even as rapidly rising temperatures
are causing large snow packs to melt far more swiftly than normal.
Such heat and rapid melt is producing a dual threat of flood and fire
at the same time. Image source: BC