Heat wave breaks records

Heat records were broken in southern New Brunswick on Thursday afternoon, according to Environment Canada.

The weather bureau says Moncton reached 27.5°C, surpassing the old May 12 record set in 1911, and Saint John reached 27.3°C, surpassing a 1959 record.

Doaktown reached a temperature of 27.6°C, Grand Manan reached a high of 25.3°C and Miscou Island set a record high of 22.5°C.

Meteorologist Jill Maepea says it’s a little early for a heat wave, but not that uncommon.

“We are above normal. Over the 30-year average from 1981 to 2010, the average maximum temperature would be 16°C and an average minimum temperature 5°C.”

Maepea says the heat will continue for a few more days with much-needed showers later this weekend.

“We expect all areas to cool down on Sunday as we see more clouds on Saturday night and that’s our next chance for some precipitation. We expect a shower on Sunday.”

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