While it may not have felt particularly hot Saturday, 73 communities across Alberta broke temperature records for Oct. 7.
Included on the list were Pincher Creek at 21.9 degrees Celsius, surpassing the old 1998 mark of 20.5 and Waterton Park where the mercury reached 22.3, breaking the old high temperature record set in 2010 of 21.8.
The weather station also recorded a peak southwest gust of 56 kilometres per hour, tops for the province.
Temperatures around the region varied from 21 degrees in Crowsnest Pass, half a degree cooler than its Oct. 7 record, to Brocket’s 23.3.
The provincial hotspot was Drumheller at 25.8, which surprisingly wasn’t a record for the community on this day.
More records are likely to fall Sunday and Monday with temperatures forecast for the southwest region at or near the mid-20s. Even with forecast strong winds, temperatures could top out at 24 in Pincher Creek, Waterton and Crowsnest Pass.
A shift in the weather is expected by Tuesday with clouds and highs of only 15 forecast for all three areas.