The weather outside was frightful this past week with a special air quality statement and temperatures reaching all-time highs.

"We broke a couple of records on the 9th, the high was 37.2C that broke the previous record. On the 10th, the high was 39.4C breaking the previous record. That is the warmest temperature we have ever recorded in August," explained Environment Canada Meteorologist, Brain Proctor.

"The all-time record 40.6C set on July 19, in 1941. The previous record for Drumheller was 38.1C set in 2008," continued Proctor.

While weather stations in the valley have only been set up since the mid-1990's, Environment Canada has made sure their records are still accurate.

"We have done something that we call blending or threading the stations. We have looked at the overlap between when we have had two or more weather stations in the area and blend those stations together, which gives us information back to 1923."

The hot weather is hard to complain about with the forthcoming harsh winter season of Alberta, but much like snow storms can be predicted, so was this heat wave.

"The warm air mass that came across out of the American inland pacific northwest, and we had a very strong westerly subsiding flow in the Rockies in the atmosphere. So it allowed that really warm air to spread into the province, and to warm even more as that air subsided into the Rockies," said Proctor.

While Drumheller broke the record for the hottest temperature in August, many southern Alberta towns broke all-time records.

"While you guys were really warm, there was actually a number of stations that set all-time record maximum for their periods. So Calgary set a new record on Friday for the all-time warmest temperature ever recorded in Calgary. Calgary was 36.5C breaking 36.1C set in both 1990 and 1933," concluded Proctor.

Other stations that broke all-time warmest highs were Claresholm at 39.7C, Lethbridge at 40.1C, and Pincher Creek 39.9C.

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