Canada Day weekend weather a mix of sun and cloud

Jodi Schellenberg
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For those planning a four-day weekend the Weather Network has good news and bad news.

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“The bad news is we’ve been in this unsettled pattern across the Prairies for quite some time and that doesn’t look like it is going to change into the long weekend,” meteorologist Gina Ressler said. “We are still dealing with some low-pressure systems and we have some cooler weather on the way as well.”

Although the province is dealing with low-pressure systems, there may be some sun shining through for the Prince Albert area.

“These low-pressure systems are kind of dancing around (the Prince Albert area),” Ressler said. “You guys aren’t going to get the brunt of it like some other locations are in the Prairies.”

The weekend will start with some decent weather on Saturday, she said.

“We are looking at some of that heat and a little bit of humidity dominating across the province, although I wouldn’t rule out the risk of a pop-up shower or thundershower,” Ressler said.

Unfortunately, the weather may change on Sunday with a low-pressure system moving across the province that may bring cooler temperatures and a risk of rainfall.

“This rain and these showers may even continue into early Monday morning but the good news is after that we do get into a clearing trend after that,” Ressler said. “The weather should be improving as we head towards Canada Day on Tuesday.”

Those planning outdoor Canada Day celebrations are in luck because although the temperature may be slightly below seasonal norms, there is no rain predicted.

“I think we may get away with a pretty nice day all around if people are heading out to catch fireworks or other outdoor activities,” Ressler said. “Again it is a few days out so I wouldn’t rule out a pop-up shower across the province on Tuesday but right now we are fairly confident that it should remain fairly dry.”

The rainy trend the province has been seeing is not normal for June, she said. This June the area has seen 112 millimetres of rain, which is quite a bit more than the average 69 millimetres seen during the month.

“Unfortunately that has been the trend across the Prairies for the beginning of summer is it has been more unsettled than normal,” Ressler said. “We have seen more rainfall in many locations and we have seen some of those cooler temperatures as well. We have had some nice days for sure but I think the feeling out there has been that it is quite wet and quite unsettled.”

Although the rainy season has been the trend in June, Ressler said that doesn’t mean it will continue throughout the rest of the summer.

She said they expect that further into the summer, in July or August, the province will see more stretches of warmer and drier weather.

“All in all I think we are expecting this summer to balance out to be a fairly typical summer but maybe starting off wetter than normal but might see more of that drier weather later in the summer.”

Funnel clouds normal for Saskatchewan

Although it is only the end of June, many people have be posting pictures or talking about funnel clouds in the Prince Albert area.

Ressler assured The Daily Herald that seeing funnel clouds in the summer months is completely normal.

“It is an interesting concept to talk about these funnel clouds and these tornadoes and try to compare them to this long term trend because I think with the rise and popularity of social media and everyone getting out to snap pictures and tweeting it, I think a lot of it has to do with visibility.”

Since there was no social media in the past, every time a funnel cloud or tornado formed it wasn’t necessarily documented.

“We are seeing so much more of them now because people are tweeting about them … and they are sharing those pictures,” Ressler said. “This kind of thing is completely normal for Saskatchewan.”

Although funnel cloud and tornado activity is normal, she said there is some year-to-year variability and it is too soon to tell if this year will be extremely active like it was in 2012.

Organizations: Daily Herald

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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