We only received 2 mm at the Estevan airport last night and that will not go far in replenishing the lack of moisture in the area. 

"For the month of April, Estevan only received 5 mm of precipitation," shared John Paul Cragg, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, "and usually through April, Estevan would see around 23.7 mm of precipitation."

"So April was quite a bit drier than average."

"You guys came out of a wetter than average March and it was a pretty dry winter for the southeast part of the province until you got to March and then March, the southeast corner received quite a bit of snow and for once, precipitation was above average."

"However, you got to April and 5 mm of precipitation fell and now in May, the average is 56.2 mm of precipitation down in the southeast part of the province and so far you've only received 8.4. Quite a bit below average for the month of May so far."

He added that there is more rain expected in the forecast for today and tomorrow.

"However, after Friday rolls around, it looks like things dry up quite a bit and stay dry. So we're looking at dry conditions staying in place until around the 25th of May. This looks like the most rain you will receive for the next seven days."

"The central and southern portions of the province have been pretty consistently dry since around November 2016. And this winter wasn't any exception until we get to March and all the snow fell and now we're back again to lower than average precipitation."

"There have been Mays in the past that have received less rain than this particular May and there have been Aprils that have received less precipitation but when you start combining them all together, that's when things become more significant."

"If the southeast didn't receive any more rain for the month of May, then you would have had the driest April and May combined in the history books or all the way back to 1945."

"It's kind of interesting, dry conditions on the prairies can help perpetuate the dry conditions through the summer months. We saw this through the summer last year. Without moisture in the lower levels of the atmosphere, it's harder for thunderstorms to get going and a lot of precipitation through the summer months comes from those thunderstorms."

He added that that could change quickly.

"All we need is a stream of moisture from the US, from the Gulf of Mexico which is an area we actually get moisture from and a good stream of moisture into the province and some really good storm activity and things could change."

"There is no guarantee." 

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