Most of Prairies to see little rain

MarketsFarm — Warm and dry weather that has generated little precipitation across the Prairies is expected to continue in most areas, aside from southern Manitoba, according to two meteorologists.

“Looks like the overall pattern isn’t going to be changing too much,” Scott Kehler of Weatherlogics said.

“What you see is what you’re going to get,” Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc. concurred, adding Manitoba is likely to experience severe thunderstorms while the most of the Prairies should remain warm and dry.

“We’ll see significant rain in some parts of the province,” he said, noting there could also be strong winds causing damage.

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Kehler said there could be some rain in various parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan as well, especially their northern and central growing areas. But for the most part the two provinces are to remain drier than Manitoba.

Both said cooler air will move across the Prairies over the weekend, further reducing the chances of additional rain. Going into the following week, they forecast the region to remain dry for the next seven to 10 days.

“Outside of the [above] thunderstorms, we’re probably not going to get any rain-producing systems coming through,” Kehler said.

The Canadian Drought Monitor from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) indicates a few pockets across the Prairies that are abnormally dry and moderately dry.

Those pockets are to the north and southwest of Winnipeg, east of Regina, the southwest corner of Saskatchewan and south of Calgary.

The weekly crop reports from the three provinces indicated the heat has aided crop development prior to harvesting.

— Glen Hallick writes for MarketsFarm from Winnipeg.

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