They’re the kind of records you don’t want to see broken - unless you have air conditioning, cold drinks or a lake. Flin Flon didn’t just set one record for heat last week - it set four.
According to historical Canada Weather Office data, Flin Flon broke records for the hottest temperatures recorded on specific days four times last week. The Flin Flon weather station saw new high water marks as the hottest June 29, July 1, July 2 and July 3 in almost a century.
Flin Flon broke the 30 degree mark for five straight days, recording 30.1 degrees Celsius June 29, 30 degrees Celsius June 30, 32.2 degrees Celsius July 1, 33.9 degrees Celsius July 2 and 34.5 degrees Celsius July 3.
On three straight days - July 1, 2 and 3 - the Flin Flon area had high temperatures of at least 32 degrees Celsius. The highest temperature over the course of the wave, according to Flin Flon’s official weather station, was 34.5 degrees Celsius - good enough to be the hottest July 3 in Flin Flon’s modern history and almost setting a new all-time hottest day in Flin Flon’s history. According to weather data, that mark has only been equalled once in recent years, on July 23, 2007 - according to the Canada Weather Office, temperatures on that day squeaked just higher than those Flin Flonners experienced last week, going down to hundredths of degrees.
An official heat warning was declared for the area June 28 by Environment Canada, staying in effect until July 4 when temperatures dropped. Thunderstorm watches were also called several times during the heat wave, including on July 3.
Temperatures across Manitoba hit dangerous new highs last week, with at least 25 communities breaking all-time weather records on July 3 alone.