Edmonton weather: A smattering of everything, not enough to cleanse widespread wildfire smoke

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Our weather system is tugging on her good stockings, about to give us a bit of a show. Sadly, she will have this lingering haze though which to trapeze all her systems …and it won’t be from fog, rather wildfire smoke, the norm now with our summer weather forecasts. Though the air quality index for Edmonton dropped from a smoker’s-cough 8 to a 3 by 5 a.m. Saturday, a warning remains as we are stuck under the threat of more severe enveloping smoke for days and days ahead. Thank you weather sister for the turbulent dance this weekend, your blustering system, perhaps even a crack of thunder for emphasis, entertaining while giving us a sliver of respite (22 C)  from the ground-splitting heat. As I write this, your thunderous entry does sound.

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Today’s forecast

Today: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers in the morning, then a mix of sun and cloud. Risk of a thunderstorm early this morning. Widespread smoke. Wind northeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 km/h, becoming lighter this morning. High 22 C. Humidex 25. UV index 8 or very high.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Widespread smoke. Low 10 C.

Tomorrow: Mainly cloudy. Widespread smoke. Wind becoming east 20 km/h near noon. High 21 C.

Sunrise: 5:27 a.m. MDT

Sunset: 9:54 p.m. MDT

Normals

Average High: 23 °C

Average Low: 12 °C

Yesterday

Max: 23.3 °C

Min: 15.8 °C

Total Precipitation: 0.0 mm

On This Day (1996-2019)

Highest temperature: 32.8°C in 2002

Lowest temperature: 7.5°C in 1999

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Wildfire smoke is seen from near Keillor Point during an air quality advisory due to wildfire smoke in Edmonton, on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Photo by Ian Kucerak
Wildfire smoke is seen from near Keillor Point during an air quality advisory due to wildfire smoke in Edmonton, on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Photo by Ian Kucerak Photo by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia
Paddleboarders take a break as visitors to Keillor Point look over the river valley during an air quality advisory due to wildfire smoke in Edmonton, on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Photo by Ian Kucerak
Paddleboarders take a break as visitors to Keillor Point look over the river valley during an air quality advisory due to wildfire smoke in Edmonton, on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Photo by Ian Kucerak Photo by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia
A dog and its owner cool off in the North Saskatchewan River near the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park boat launch in Edmonton, on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Photo by Ian Kucerak
A dog and its owner cool off in the North Saskatchewan River near the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park boat launch in Edmonton, on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Photo by Ian Kucerak Photo by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia

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