LETHBRIDGE, AB – You know it’s abnormally warm in mid-March when some restaurants in Lethbridge open their patios.

It was a record-setting warm weekend across southern Alberta with a number of communities either tied old high temperature records on Sunday, or set new ones.

In fact, Lethbridge was the provincial hot spot with the mercury climbing to 20.1°C Sunday. That breaks the old record high for March 14th which was 19.3°C set in 2015.

That’s pretty impressive for mid-March, one week shy of the official First Day of Spring.

Other places setting new highs on Sunday included High River and Calgary, with the Crowsnest Pass area setting a new record on Saturday. Waterton Park tied a previous record high on Saturday.

Warmer-than-normal temperatures are expected to continue for a while yet. The average high here for this time of year is around 6.0°C.

The following areas will have set a daily maximum temperature record 
on Sunday March 14, 2021: 

Lethbridge Area (Lethbridge CDA) 
Preliminary new record of 20.1 
Old record of 19.3 set in 2015 
Records in this area have been kept since 190

High River Area (Azure) 
Preliminary new record of 18.5 
Old record of 16.0 set in 1992 
Records in this area have been kept since 1913 

Calgary Area (Calgary Intl A) 
Preliminary new record of 18.7 
Old record of 16.7 set in 1910 
Records in this area have been kept since 1881 

The following areas set or tied a daily maximum temperature record 
on Saturday March 13, 2021:

Crowsnest Area
New record of 16.1 
Old record of 15.5 set in 1992 
Records in this area have been kept since 1965 

Waterton Park Area (Waterton Park Gate) 
Tied record of 15.4 set in 2015 
Records in this area have been kept since 1976