While the beginning of this week began with winds gusting up to 90 kilometres an hour and rain, the week's end is promising to see temperatures reaching nearly 30 degrees Celsius. But will Airdrie and the surrounding areas break the 1906 record which saw a daytime high on May 10 of 27.8 degrees?

"27 degrees is the current forecast high, so, we'll see if we reach that or if we pass it," said meteorologist, Natalie Hazel, with Environment and Climate Change Canada. "It's going to be a very warm day, whether you have a record-breaking situation or not."

Hazel explained that the weather is being influenced by an area of high pressure (ridge) over both British Columbia and Southern Alberta.

"Your winds are forecast to be out of the west, so, a little bit of a Chinook-looking effect by the time we get to this afternoon."

Currently, the UV index for Airdrie is rated as a 7 for the day, which is considered high; and while the summer temperatures will continue throughout the weekend, there is rain in the forecast for early next week.

"The ridge that you are under now will give way to a low-pressure system and that low-pressure system should bring you showers, maybe some thunderstorms," she added. "The flow around that system will cool things off a little bit and bring them closer to normal, but your overnight temperatures are still quite warm."

Looking ahead to the Victoria Day long weekend, Hazel said that weather models do not indicate any dominant weather trends, but day-to-day long-term predictions suggest average temperatures with the possibility of precipitation. However, the Farmer's Almanac is predicting that the long weekend may be, 'unseasonably chilly... Over the Rockies, with some wet snow over the highest terrain; warmer for Manitoba."

The Farmer's Almanac has also released its summer predictions for the prairies, and according to its predictions, Alberta is in for a 'sizzling hot' summer, along with some showers and the possibility of gusty thunderstorms. 

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