An Environment Canada meteorologist is calling it an “atmospheric gift.”
Saskatchewan’s December warm up will see above-seasonal temperatures sweep across the province over the next week.
As of 2 p.m. Friday, Saskatoon was sitting at 0 C, with highs forecast to reach 5 C by the end of the weekend.
Regina was set for a similar spike in temperatures.
“For most of December it has been rather balmy,” senior meteorologist David Phillips told the Brent Loucks Show.
“It just doesn’t feel like Christmas weather at all.”
Phillips said a warm ridge of high pressure sitting over the west coast of North America was pulling air from the south towards the prairies, creating the above-normal conditions in Saskatchewan.
It’s expected to continue bringing warm weather to the province for at least the next seven days.
Unfortunately, the same high pressure system is also creating dangerous wildfire conditions in California.
“As (the air) sinks from the higher levels, it warms up and dries things out. And that’s what’s causing them to get those gusty Santa Ana winds,” Phillips said.
“But up in (Saskatchewan) we see the beneficial side of it.”
However, Phillips is assuring holiday-lovers a white Christmas isn’t in jeopardy at this point.
“I usually say it’s a done deal,” he said, noting there’s typically a downward trend in temperatures in later December.
As for the warm weather?
“Just enjoy it while you have it.”