Premature Canada Day fireworks crackled across the sky Thursday night in the form of lightning, almost as if Mother Nature was celebrating the 151st birthday of the nation.
However, the storm also brought with it some moisture, with varying amounts depending where you live. Not a lot of hail was reported, though it did occur at night.
"The heaviest rainfall reports we saw at any of our observing stations was at the Estevan Airport, who reported 8.2 millimeters. That was really it. We did see some reports in the States of some significant rainfall in communities like Grand Forks and stretching back towards Devil's Lake, with lots of localized flooding. In Southern Manitoba, some of the communities saw significantly more precipitation as well," shared Environment Canada's Brian Proctor.
"Really, southeast Saskatchewan just got brushed by the storm, with the heaviest hail to the south of us and the heaviest precipitation to the east, in Manitoba."
When it comes to lightning, Proctor noted that there was a lot of it, but there's no specific reports as of yet regarding any serious strikes in the region. The strongest likelihood would be just south of the border.
Looking ahead at the long weekend, he predicts some rather unsettled weather that gradually gets better as Monday arrives.
"The next impulse of convection will probably be brushing the southeast corner of Saskatchewan, yet again Friday afternoon and evening and also in southwest Manitoba."
He expects the temperatures to stay rather cool, then warm up as the new week progresses.