Estevan broke a single day record on Thursday, November 23rd when we reached a high of 14.9 degrees.

"The previous record before that was 9.4 degrees set in 1972," explained John Paul Cragg, with Environment Canada, "with records going back all the way to 1900."

"The warm record for November for Estevan, the warmest it's ever been in November according to our records is 22.1 degrees and that was November 7th back in 1999."

"Last year, on November 9th, we got up to 21.3 degrees. Last the year the beginning of November was very warm especially in comparison to this year."

And although it isn't uncommon for southern Saskatchewan to have stretches of warm temperatures, it doesn't happen all the time. 

"We've had some pretty cold Novembers in the past but this time of year, the air from the south and the air from the Pacific is still quite warm so when we get air from those directions, it can warm up quite drastically. It's not until December where the whole northern hemisphere cools down and it's harder to warm up. Even December, January and February, we often get periods where temperatures rise above zero."

Cragg adds that it was that Pacific warm air streaming across the mountains that contributed to the warm temperatures last week.

"And thanks to a low pressure system that passed through northern Saskatchewan, it helped bring in southwest winds dragging a lot warmer air into the province, especially down in the south where most of those records were broken. And down in the south, there's a little less snow cover so it helps with the rising of the temperatures whereas places like Saskatoon where there is more snow cover, it's a bit harder for temperatures to get as warm as they did in the south."

"The southeast corner is looking like the temperatures are going to be consistently above average all the way through until the first week of December. Up until Monday, December 4th, it looks like there's a string of days where temperatures will rise above zero. Daytime highs, we're forecasting around three to five degrees all the way until Sunday and overnight lows will still drop below freezing but not all that far. The nights won't be very cold, the daytime highs will be above freezing and expect freeze/thaw, freeze/thaw every morning and every afternoon for the next week."

However, the sunny conditions might take tomorrow off. 

"Tomorrow, expect some stronger winds again in the southeast corner of the province. There is another low pressure system that is going to be pushing across northern parts of the province but strong winds look like they will make their way down into the southeast corner. We are forecasting northwest winds at 50 km/hr gusting to 70 by noon tomorrow."

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