Drumheller and surrounding communities remain under a heat warning from Environment Canada today.
"The criteria for the Drumheller area for a heat warning is two days of 29 degrees (Celsius) for daytime highs with an overnight low between them of 14," explained meteorologist Dan Kulak of Environment Canada. "If you get anything that exceeds those criteria you get into a heat warning, but anyway you look at it, it's warm, it's dry, it's summer."
The mercury hit 35.3 Celsius on Thursday at the Environment Canada weather station in Drumheller, the highest recorded for that date since 1996.
"The 27 degree forecast for today (Friday) is actually the coolest one of the next seven days," noted Kulak. "The records for this time of year are generally in the mid-30's or so, so we're getting a warm stretch, but it's not record territory quite yet."
"It is, I think, a little unusual to have extended stretches of heat," he admitted. "We've had a number of heat warnings that have been out for, I think, a good portion of July and might be continuing into August."
Today's heat warning also covers Kneehill and Starland Counties, eastern Wheatland County, Beisker and Special Area 2 near Little Fish Lake Provincial Park.
People area advised to schedule outdoor activities for cooler hours of the day, take frequent breaks from the heat and drink plenty of water. You're also reminded not to leave people or pets in vehicles, even for short periods of time.