WINNIPEG – If you’ve been singing, “Rain, rain, go away,” Mother Nature is about to grant your wish.
According to Environment Canada, we’ve received about 30 per cent more rain than normal this summer. It’s not raining more often, just when it does, it brings more precipitation.
The forecast for the next few days also doesn’t look too promising, but David Phillips with Environment Canada says if we can just be patient, we will be rewarded.
“From Thursday on, it looks like temperatures are going to warm up. I don’t see a lot of wet days, temperatures of 27, 28 degrees. Maybe you’ll be doing more swatting after this Wednesday but my sense is at least there will be blue skies and white, puffy clouds.”
Phillips says this summer has seen normal amounts of severe weather too, and points out that all the rain is a bit of a mixed bag for farmers.
“Clearly, growers are loving this although they would like it to stop raining and a little bit more sunshine to get that crop in. We’ve had a little hail, I don’t think we’ve had a lot of wind. I think it’s just nature being kind of normal there. When it decides to rain, you are getting some gushes of rain but, hey, it all averages out.”
The system that is bringing rain here is wreaking havoc on Estevan, Saskatchewan, which has had to declare a state of emergency after 130 millimetres pounded the city in a two hour span over the weekend.