Manitoba to see hot, dry July, forecaster says

Swamped by well-above average rainfall throughout the spring, the wet areas of Manitoba have been able to dry out — for the most part — over the past month or so.

Drew Lerner, president of World Weather Inc. in Kansas City, said a drying bias is underway in the keystone province, and it should continue for a while longer.

“The longer-range outlook was for Manitoba to see drier weather as the summer went along, and with the ridge of high pressure that’s being advertised for the U.S. Midwest for the next 10 days or so, we will probably see that pattern perpetuate for the next little while,” Lerner said.

Although the weather will be hot and dry for the most part, Lerner said, the period won’t be prolonged enough where drought-like conditions could become a concern for Manitoba producers.

Thunderstorms were likely to flare up, which is where most of the moisture would be coming from, he said.

However, Lerner admitted July was going to be a hot month in Manitoba.

“Temperatures in the low to mid-30s (Celsius) are likely, and it will be humid,” he said.

As far as the harvest forecast is concerned across the Prairies, Lerner said if crops develop quickly, there could be some delays.

“Some of the areas in Saskatchewan and Alberta will still be getting rain in the traditional harvest season, but so much of the crop was planted late that it might not be much of a factor,” he said.

“We should see a wet August and early September, but then it should stop raining, and should see better weather for harvesting.”

Manitoba, he said, “is likely to be included in this as well, but it won’t be as wet as it is in the western provinces.

“We will still have showers coming along during the start of the harvest season, but I think once we get a couple of weeks into September we should see better harvest conditions right across the Canadian Prairies.”

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