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A  heat wave is moving across Western Canada, pushing record temperatures into Saskatchewan today and into Manitoba on Wednesday. 

Environment Canada meteorologist Jennifer Smith says a ridge of high pressure from Northern California crept into British Columbia on the weekend before invading the Northwest Territories and Alberta on Monday.

More than 20 daily heat records were broken Monday in B.C., adding to a similar number set on Sunday. Lytton was the hottest place in the country on Monday, hitting 42.4 C, according to Environment Canada. 

Other locations setting daily records in B.C. included Pemberton, where the temperature reached 39.1 C, and Osoyoos with 39.7 C.

Smith says the heat will travel into Manitoba by Wednesday and may reach the edge of the northwestern Ontario border before it moves south into the United States again.

Heat warnings or alerts have been issued through to Saskatchewan, prompting Health Canada to warn of the risks extreme heat can bring.

Story courtesy of Canadian Press