Although the second week of May is shaping up to be wetter and cooler in comparison to last week's temperatures, there is a possibility that by week's end, we could be seeing temperatures near 30 Degrees Celsius.
"We are going to see another upper ridge rebuild over western Canada, that will drive temperatures back up to well above average values. For this time of year, we're typically looking at temperatures in the 16 to 18-degree range; and it looks like hot air is going to remain in place into early next week," said Justin Shelley with Environment and Climate Change Canada.
When asked if there is a chance of severe weather, including extreme thunderstorms developing as a result of the change in temperatures, Shelley noted that these kinds of events usually occur after an upper ridge has passed - similar to what Airdrie residents are experiencing now. However, he did note that the likelihood of these weather events will be monitored closely.
While the more-than-doubling of average temperatures are maybe welcome news for some, it does not bode well for the province as a whole, considering there is a provincewide state of emergency due to wildfires in both Central and Northern Alberta. As of Monday, May 8, there were 95 wildfires burning in the province, with 19 of those classified as out-of-control.
Shelley added that the long-term forecast for May is calling for above-average temperatures, with the summer months also expected to be warmer than usual. He said that this current upper ridge which will start affecting temperatures by Friday is not expected to block the hot air in for quite as long as what we see in the previous week.
Airdrie's average temperatures for this time of the month are around 15.3 Degrees Celsius.
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