As the last of the risk of flooding flows away, Hay River residents may have another issue to deal with — record-breaking temperatures.
This is Hay River’s warmest May 3 on record.
Temperatures in the community reached 30 C, three degrees warmer than the previous record high for the day.
Overall, the southwestern N.W.T. is experiencing an abnormally warm spring.
“We’re talking, eight to up to 20 degrees above normal,” said Jesse Wagar, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada.
A low pressure system will lower temperatures on Thursday, but Wagar expects them to “rebound” and stay in the high teens and low 20s for the next week or so.
“This strong upper flow pattern that’s bringing in these warm temperatures … it’s been pretty stagnant and it’s gonna take a lot to push this thing out of the way,” she said.
Beyond that, Wagar says this is an El Niño year, meaning a warmer-than-normal summer.
The previous record-high in Hay River was registered in 2016.