December 2023 was unseasonably warm and dry in the province, with many areas breaking records according to Environment and Climate Change Canada. 

While Moose Jaw didn’t quite break the record for the warmest December, the city experienced its second warmest December in 127 years, with a monthly mean temperature of –2.4 degrees. With a normal mean temperature being –11.5, this was 9.1 degrees warmer than normal.  

Moose Jaw shared this second warmest December with weather stations in Yorkton (-5.2 degrees), Meadow Lake (-6.5 degrees), and Estevan (-4.8 degrees).  

Weather stations show records broken for the warmest December in Regina (-4.2 degrees), Saskatoon (-4.3 degrees), Swift Current (-0.3 degrees), North Battleford (-5.0 degrees), La Ronge (-7.3 degrees), and Key Lake (-10.1 degrees). Swift Current had the warmest monthly mean temperature amongst those stations, with an 8.9 degree difference from what would be normal.  

Moose Jaw’s December didn’t break a record in terms of a lack of precipitation during the month, though with a total that amounted to 1.7 mm, it was the fourth driest December in 114 years.  

Records were broken at weather stations in Key Lake (1.3 mm), La Ronge (0.9 mm), and Meadow Lake (2.3 mm), which experienced their driest recorded Decembers. 

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