If you’re one of those people that loves to tan, the heat wave this week is perfect for you. The Calgary region is expected to see temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s for the rest of the week.

Strathmore is currently under a heat warning, and it looks like we can expect a high of 34 degrees by Saturday.

Kyle Fougere, Meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada explains what's causing the heat.

“What we're seeing right now is we're seeing a ridge of high pressure build into the province and so it's expected to to park itself over this province for this coming week, which will bring clear skies and really warm temperatures at the surface.”

This is a continuation of the kinds of temperatures we had last week.

“We had a little bit of a reprieve over the weekend as temperatures dropped just a little bit, but they are building again as we go into this week,” he said.

He added that this type of weather is very common at this time of year.

“Often when you have all this heat and energy built up, when the low pressure system comes through it, you have severe thunderstorms that are generated with that system as well,” he explained.

“For the rest of the week, we are expecting temperatures that are well above normal and they are likely to reach the heat criteria in the area. We issue an extreme heat warnings when we're expecting daytime highs of 29 degrees and the overnight level to not get below 14 degrees for at least two days in a row,” he said.

In terms of how long this system is expected last, he says, “Because this is a slow moving system we don't really see much sign of it breaking down this week, and so we're expecting the temperatures to stay until at least Sunday.”

“Right now, indications are that there's a low pressure system that's going to move through early next week, Sunday into Monday potentially, that could bring a little bit of a reduction, but looking at the longer term signal for the rest of the month, it's looking like for the most part we're going to stay above normal for this time of year in the area.”

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