With the record-breaking heat wave Estevan experienced over the weekend, many are hoping for some relief in the way of precipitation. According to Environment Canada, Estevan hasn’t had a significant rainfall since July 10th.
Terri Lang works at Environment Canada and blames the recent dry spell on a lingering high-pressure ridge.
“The pattern over, probably the last 6 weeks or so has changed to a more dominant ridge of high pressure. Ridges of high pressure tend to be very dry and very stable, meaning we don't see a lot of rain or thundershowers with them,” she said. “And even if there is rain or a thundershower, those to tend to be very spotty, so hit and miss quite a bit.”
Farmers in the midst of harvest surely appreciate this dry spell, but many others are still hoping to see some showers sometime soon. So far in the month of August, Estevan has had just 2.2 millimetres of rain.
The current high-pressure ridge is dominating and smothering much of the province, but particularly southeastern Saskatchewan.
“The pattern right now, for the next week or so, looks very dry and stable again. We aren’t going to see the record heat like we saw this past weekend. But we are going to see some warmer temperatures, mid to high twenties, maybe even hitting the thirty-degree mark,” Laing said. “It doesn’t look like there is any rain on the way, and even if there was some, it still looks quite spotty.”
As we approach 40 days without significant rain, Laing provides a glimmer of hope that we could see some moisture in the near future.
“We are keeping an eye on a system next week. But so much can change over the course of a week, so we’re not putting any money down on some rain just yet,” she said. “We’re going to keep with it’s going to be warm and dry into the foreseeable future.”