Sault Ste. Marie unofficially broke a heat record yesterday that was set in 2005.
Sault Ste. Marie saw a daytime high of 32.1 c reached yesterday in the late afternoon. The hottest temperature recorded for July 9 was 31.1c in 2005. When the humidex is added, it felt closer to 39c at 5pm Thursday.
The long stretch of hot weather will come to an end today as a cold front associated with a U.S. born low pressure system will kick off showers and thunderstorms lasting most of Friday and lingering into Saturday.
For the last two weeks, Sault Ste. Marie and all of the eastern half of the continental has been influenced by a stationary high pressure system. That high pressure has now broken down and a series of low pressure systems will follow bringing us back to normal daytime temperatures for the next several days. The normal high temperature for this time of year being close to 24c.
Yesterday’s record breaking temperature pales in comparison to a sweltering 36.1c recorded on July 6 1988 – one of the hottest temperatures ever recorded for the Sault.
Heat begins to build in again late next week with temperatures expected to settle into the high 20’s