All-time record heat is followed by thick, toxic wildfire smoke over Alberta, Saskatchewan & Montana

The heat of summer 2018 continues to melt historic records. Earlier in the summer it was parts of Eastern Canada including Montreal. Now it’s the Prairies turn as well as parts of the US interior Northwest.

With over 400 wildfires burning across British Columbia alone and with westerly winds, thick toxic smoke is spreading across Canada bringing apocalyptic skies and forcing people to stay indoors.

This view of downtown Edmonton below is a common sight across central Canada which you could mistake for Baghdad during a dust storm.

Credit: Cake Raptor @Raptor_Chick

Last weekend saw the most recent heat wave peak with several towns/cities in south/central Alberta and Saskatchewan setting new all-time record highs or August highs.

Probably the most noteworthy heat record to fall was the 97F (36.4C) for Calgary. Though Regina topped an impressive 106F (41.3C), it fell shy of the all-time record of 110F (43.3C) set in July 1937.

However it was Regina’s hottest August day on record!

The hot spot in Canada was Moose Jaw, SK which soared to 108F (42.3C). This ties the August record and falls just shy of the all-time record high of 110F (43.3C) recorded in July 1937.

The Weather Channel

South of the border and it topped 110F in Boise, ID. That didn’t quite make an all-time record here but it did tie the August record.

 

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