What was supposed to be a fun long weekend out on the lake ended in tragedy.
36-year-old Travis Kruszelnicki drowned Friday night while out fishing with his friend and the friend's 10-year-old nephew. They were standing in the water when a storm rolled in and five-foot waves came crashing down. All three were swept into the lake.
For many areas of southern Saskatchewan it was thunder, lightning and a nice amount of rain. For others Friday night brought storms that packed a bigger punch.
Dave Baggeley with Environment Canada Weather office says some areas got hit hard.
"Looking at the Humboldt area to the north they had loonie to toonie sized hail and it was actually even down by the international border Coronach got gusts to 90 km per hour."
Just in time to put a damper on the long weekend in Saskatchewan, severe thunderstorm watches and warnings were in effect on Friday.
It's shaping up to be a busy long weekend in Saskatchewan provincial parks.
Mary-Anne Wihak, director of visitor experiences with Sask Parks said reservations have been steady. With all the warm weather this week people seem to be eager to plan camping trips and most of the fully-serviced campsites have been booked.
For those looking for last minute plans to get out and enjoy the sun, there are other options, as the majority of the parks have over flow camping available.
This week people were out soaking up the rays of the sun, but so were 39 solar panels on a farm in White City.
The solar farm generates enough energy to power about 17 homes. Bill Walton, president of 2B Green Power Solutions, says there are already plans to expand the number of solar panels.
It took 5 days for 2B Green to install 110 solar panels on the roof of a garage on a farm just outside of Regina . Deborah Shawcross/CJME
In a prairie heat wave like this one, it’s the perfect weather to grab a beach blanket and spend some time in the sun, but the Canadian Cancer Society is also reminding people to take care of their skin.
Brett Estey is a Cancer Control Coordinator with the Canadian Cancer Society Regina branch. He says protecting yourself is not about hiding from the sun completely, it’s about being aware of the risks.
For people who do their job outdoors it's going to be a sweaty work week, with temperatures climbing to around 30 degrees.
Construction workers tore up the sidewalk along 11th avenue in Regina despite the hot weather on Tuesday. Don was staying in the shade and drinking a lot of water.
"If you feel light headed sit down for awhile because heat exhaustion is very common for people working outside."
At risk for heat exhaustion is Simon Merkosky, he cleans the windows of high rise buildings downtown.
Get out your sunscreen, water and hats because it's getting hot in Saskatoon.
Environment Canada forecasts temperatures around 30 degrees from Tuesday until Friday.
For Bus Stop Refreshments owner Laurel Beaumont, the heat is welcomed.
"I love it, it's something that we all wait for and it's a beautiful thing."
Albert Toeckes is 81 years old and has farmed near Climax in southwest Saskatchewan for decades. He has seen a lot of nasty summer storms through the years but none packing this big of a punch.
"This is the biggest storm we have seen for size. We have never had damage like this to the house."
For a closer perspective on the impact of the golf ball sized hail on the farm house, just ask Albert's 80-year-old wife Margaret, who calls the storm scary.
High winds during Thursday night's storm ripped off pieces of the roof at the Regina Apostolic Church. The highest section of the roof looked like a half opened can of sardines on Friday morning, with huge pieces of white insulation strewn all over the lower levels and the lawn.
Roof of Regina Apostolic Church damaged by storm July 25 2014. Lisa Schick/CJME