Stabbings, beatings and other assaults happen all the time in Regina — but do they happen more often when it's hot outside?

In the U.S., experts on crime statistics have long said that's the case.

It turns out in Saskatchewan, too, steamy temperatures may indeed be a factor, according to an analysis by CBC News.

CBC used assault statistics from the Regina Police Service (including assaults involving knives and other weapons) and plotted them against average daily temperatures from January to December.

The result? Based on the most recent four years of data, July is both the warmest month (no surprise) and the month that sees the most assaults reported to police.

November, December, January and February tend to see fewer assaults.

In 2012, for example, there were 190 assaults in July and the average temperature was 18.5 C.

Regina Canada's hot spot

Meanwhile, the high temperature in Regina Wednesday was 34.2 C, making the Queen City the hottest spot in Canada.

It will be a few more weeks before we know how this July's assault statistics stack up against previous years, although it's guaranteed there will be at least some.

Five people were taken to hospital with stab wounds Thursday morning following an incident near the 700 block of Athol St.

A spokeswoman for the Regina police said there may be a number of reasons why stabbing reports spike in the heat.

"It gets busy in warm weather," Elizabeth Popowich said. "Part of it is just people move their activities out of doors so there are a lot more witnesses to what's going on. You get more calls of disturbances, noisy parties, and fights. People are up longer, out longer, maybe consuming more alcohol. All of those things tend to contribute."


Warmer months tend to have more stabbings and other assaults reported to police, according to an analysis by CBC News. (Infographic by Andre Mougeot/CBC)