Good news for parched plants as Alberta’s rain continues into Tuesday

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Good news for parched plants as Alberta’s rain continues into Tuesday
Good news for parched plants as Alberta’s rain continues into Tuesday

This weekend’s much-needed spell of rainy weather is just what the doctor ordered across southern Alberta. We’ll gladly take a gloomy couple of days if it means some relief from the persistent dry conditions that have sent much of the region into drought in recent months. Rainfall will pick up again on Sunday and last through Tuesday for many spots. More on what to expect into next week, below.

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SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: ROUNDS OF RAIN

The next few days won’t be a washout for Alberta, but several systems moving across the western Prairies could disrupt any of your outdoor plans through early next week.

The next widespread round of precipitation will push over the province on Sunday. Precipitation will remain focused on the foothills for the first half of the day. Southern sections will see a bit of clearing on Sunday afternoon as the rain pushes along and north of Highway 1.

Scattered showers will persist overnight Sunday into the day on Monday. Some snow and mixed precipitation is possible near the mountain peaks as we head into Monday.

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ABRain

Calgary averages about 94 mm of rain in a typical June. With 30-50 mm of additional rainfall in the forecast for parts of the Calgary metro area, we’re looking at more than half a month’s worth of rain falling in just a couple of days.

Widespread totals of 20-50 mm of rain are expected from the Elbow Region down toward the southeastern corner of the province. Much of the rain will remain south of Edmonton, where less than 10 mm of rain is expected.

Temperature-wise, the region takes a bit of a hit heading into this weekend, particularly on Sunday, with daytime highs about five degrees below seasonal for some.

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THE RAIN COULDN’T BE MORE WELCOME

We’ll take a dreary weekend if it means some drought relief for growers worried about this year’s crops.

Precipitation on the Prairies has been an all-or-nothing story for the past couple of months. While folks over in Manitoba can’t catch a break from the persistent flooding, it’s been tough to come by much rain across the west recently.

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Much of southern Alberta has seen less than half of its normal rainfall over the past 90 days. This upcoming round of steady rainfall will help wet the soils and begin to reverse some of the damage this prolonged dry spell has caused.

The dryness has led to an increased fire danger for much of the region. Stay alert for potential evacuation notices if you’re in southern Alberta or southern Saskatchewan. Officials ordered an evacuation on Friday due to a wildfire burning north of Crimson Lake in Clearwater County.

Warmer temperatures and drier conditions move in by the end of the work week and next weekend.

*Check back frequently for updates on conditions across Alberta.

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