A near record-breaking May in terms of average temperature for Swift Current is in the books.

It was the sixth warmest May according to Environment and Climate Change Canada in 138 years of records.

The average temperature was 14.8 C, well above the 138-year May average of 10.9 C. 

"A really stubborn ridge of upper high pressure that was parked over western Canada that gave record-breaking temperatures to British Columbia, Alberta, and parts of Saskatchewan and kept them in the heat for much of May," said Terri Lang, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Swift Current's precipitation numbers were a lot closer to average than record territory. The weather station at the airport logged 41 millimetres in May which is just shy of the 44.8 millimetre monthly average. Of the 41 millimetres, 29.8 of it came within the final week of May.

"Rainstorms on the 25th and 27th that gave the most significant precipitation," she said. "That certainly helped Swift Current with their moisture."

The most precipitation record in May was back in 1927 when the city was hit with 167.1 millimetres.