Soak up the sun while you can, Edmonton

Edmontonians are being encouraged to get out and enjoy the warm weather as temperatures are about to plummet.

‘There is no reason to believe this lovely stuff will continue’ - Environment Canada

Albin Shanley enjoying the warm weather on the Victoria Promenade in Edmonton (Rick Bremness CBC News)

It's a rare November indeed when Edmonton's weather is nice enough for a man in shorts to relax with the paper on a sidewalk bench.

But Albin Shanley's soaking up the rays while he can during this bonus warm trend in Alberta's capital.

"It's lovely, let it last until Christmas and then warm up," Shanley joked Thursday.

Wednesday's gorgeous high of 15 C shattered a 36-year-old Edmonton record that has stood since Peter Lougheed was premier.

In total there have been five record-breaking weather days in places across Alberta this November.

But it doesn't appear Shanley's dream for a warm winter is going to happen in Edmonton, with Environment Canada warning things are about to change.

"Maybe put up your Christmas decorations because it will be a lot easier to do that now than later as we get into those colder temperatures," said Natalie Hasell, a warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada.

Workers take advantage of the balmy weather to work on the Christmas tree outside city hall. (Gareth Hampshire CBC News)

A low-pressure system over Nunavut, combined with a high-pressure system in the U.S., created warm winds from the south and southwest over Alberta, but that trend is about to end.

Temperatures that have been well above freezing are forecast to drop back down to normals, around 0 C, by the middle of next week. Snow could also be on the way.  

"There is no reason to believe this lovely stuff will continue forever," said Hasell, looking at the long-range forecast.

Her advice is to take advantage of the warm weather through the weekend and to use some time to get ready for the big freeze.

"Check tiles on the roof, your heating system. Winter tires and emergency kits both for home and the car," she said, recommending the government website www.getprepared.gc.ca for guidance about what should be in a winter emergency kit.

Edmontonians are getting out in the sun and enjoying not having to bundle up so far this November (Rick Bremness CBC News)

Temperatures will start to drop below freezing overnight on Monday. dropping to –7 C on Tuesday night.

Wednesday's forecast daytime high of 1 C is about what Environment Canada expects to see in Edmonton this time of year, with the normal high ) C and the low –10.