Two nights ago, Swift Current and area experienced an impressive thunderstorm that lit up the evening sky with a flurry of lightning.

While the storm itself was an exhilarating display of nature's power, it also brought a decent amount of rain, 28.4mm, and some cooler seasonal temperatures in its wake. This was a relief, considering the blistering heat of last week that peaked on Sunday at 35 C.

Terri Lang, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada, says that Monday night's storm was to be expected.

"Well, that's usually the case when we have heat events that come in," said Lang. "We get the thunderstorms when the heat starts breaking down and that's what happened." 

When the high-pressure system that had brought in the heat was pushed out by a lower pressure system, it also carried in the cooler weather we are now experiencing.

"About 27 C for highs and overnight lows around 11 C," forecasted Lang. "It looks like we're going to run around those normals for next week or so."

With the rainwater coming down in such plentiful amounts, farmers will be able to breathe a sigh of relief as their now mature crops won't be dehydrated or baked dry in the heat. 

With high temperatures like last week, folks are encouraged to remember to keep their time in the sun to a safe level, wear sunscreen and drink lots of water.