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Extreme heat breaks 107 year old record in Lethbridge

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – July was one for the weather record books across southern Alberta and the last day of the month was a doozy in Lethbridge.

The mercury hit 34.8°C breaking the old record high for July 31 of 34.4°C which was set back in 1914.

That was just the icing on the cake for what was an extremely hot and dry month. Lethbridge recorded 19 out of 31 days with the temperature at 30°C or hotter, with 8 of those days at 34°C or warmer.

Precipitation has been at a premium too. A total of less than 10 mm fell in the Lethbridge area in July, almost all of that came in one day on July 5.

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The extreme dry weather has been going on for a long time. Since June 1, Lethbridge has reported approximately 20 mm of precipitation which is about six times under the average for the same two month period.

Hot conditions are expected for the first week of August as well until things are forecast to finally start to moderate a little by mid-month.

New local temp records for July 31:

Lethbridge Area 
Preliminary new record of 34.8 
Old record of 34.4 set in 1914 for
Taber Area 
Preliminary new record of 35.6 
Old record of 34.4 set in 1973
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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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