The month of May turned out to be a time of surprises and extremes, weather-wise, as heat dominated trends until recently when moisture finally made an appearance.
"May was definitely hotter than average. The average temperature this May was 14.8 degrees, and the average May temperature regularly is 11.5 degrees, so about three degrees warmer than average," stated Environment Canada's John Paul Cragg.
"It was very, very dry up until the end. It wasn't until May 29th that Estevan received over 30 millimeters of rain. Now, with the rainfall that fell Thursday and into Friday, you are actually above average in terms of precipitation for the month of May. Average precipitation for the month of May is 56 millimeters, and this May you received 59.6, so it's amazing how quickly things can change on the prairies."
Roughly half of that total amount fell within a two hour span on Tuesday afternoon.
Looking ahead at June, as always, the skies of Saskatchewan are impossible to predict long term with accuracy. However, Cragg noted that the beginning of the month will begin on the cool side.