- With the fire bans in effect, many residents are wondering if the predicted thundershowers will improve moisture levels in the area.
Some record highs were made recently, around the 30-degree mark, according to John Paul Cragg, Warning Preparedness Meteorologist with Environment Canada.
“We’re looking at one-day records,” noted Cragg, naming Broadview, Prince Albert, Rosetown and Watrous as a few examples.
In terms of record temperatures for the month of May, those were not broken yesterday, as these warmer temperatures are not completely out of the ordinary for this time of year.
Cragg said the anticipated rains tomorrow night are likely nothing to get too excited about, as we are mostly in for spotty showers.
“As is often the case with this kind of thunderstorm activity,” he said, “precipitation is quite localized, so some areas could get a decent amount while other areas don’t get any at all.”
Cragg also warns that “one of the problems with the dry conditions at this time of year is that some areas could also see some lightning without rain. And given how dry it is, that could definitely be an issue.”
General rains are all that is expected over the area.
“This is probably not the rain event that everybody was hoping for,” stated Cragg.
With a consistently dry pattern over the province, not much relief is in sight for dry conditions in the forecast, and meteorologists are not able to predict past about 10 days into the future.
“With a little bit of a change in the atmosphere, we could see more precipitation,” Cragg said.
The southeast is not likely to notice smoke from Northern Saskatchewan forest fires, as the area is currently experiencing mostly easterly winds, but if the winds shift northerly, that could change.