Residents of Yellowknife and Hay River will be peeling back the layers this week, as record-breaking temperatures descend on the NWT.
Environment Canada is forecasting a high of 8 degrees for Monday and Tuesday in Yellowknife. The highest temperature on these dates was in 1956, with 5.6 degrees on March 18, and in 1995, with 1.2 degrees for March 19. Temperatures will slowly cool towards the weekend, to a low of 1 degrees on Sunday.
Monday and Tuesday are also the warmest days for Hay River, with highs of 12 degrees both days. The last time temperatures reached anywhere close to this was in 1979. Temperatures will slowly cool towards the weekend, with highs of 7 degrees forecast for Saturday and Sunday.
Hay River could also see smoke and poor air quality as a result of a fire burning at the town’s landfill since March 3rd. A special air quality statement is in effect for the Hay River region, including Enterprise.