Prairies to stay mainly hot and dry in August

WINNIPEG – The summer heat wave that has brought excess dryness to much of southwest Saskatchewan and southern Alberta looks set to continue.

According to Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc., much of Western Canada will be dealing with a restricted amount of rain and hotter-than-normal temperatures in August.

“I don’t think it will be persistently hot throughout the whole month but we’ll see bouts of heat, particularly in the first half, where we will get up to the 30’s (degree Celsius).”

Some showers are expected in Alberta and Saskatchewan over the next few weeks, but they won’t be enough to counter regular evaporation and the coverage will be poor, according to Lerner.

“The bottom line is we will see a continuation of the stressful environment for at least the next two weeks and probably all month,” he said.

As well, the dryness and heat that has plagued the Western Prairies will start to make its presence felt more acutely in Manitoba.

“Manitoba is in better shape to begin with,” he said. ”I don’t think they’ll be seriously involved in the hottest weather, but I do think they’ll see hotter conditions evolve in the second half of the month.”

Lerner there is a chance this could change however, if the intensity of the current system starts to shift towards the U.S. Plains and Corn Belt.

“If we can do that, then we create a southwest flow pattern that may be able to produce some rain out there in the west,” he explained, adding that it was a longshot at best.

“I’m afraid we’re looking at another 30 days of pretty tough conditions.”

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