Saskatchewan’s 2017 summer forecast is hot and dry, but without an increased risk of wildfires or tornadoes — unlike our neighbours to the west and east.
Brett Anderson, senior meteorologist with AccuWeather, said it will be an active wildfire season, particularly for northern Alberta. However, in Saskatchewan, we have enough soil moisture to stiff that trend.
Anderson said there will still be wildfires across the province, but just the average amount.
He added that the hot, dry weather is due to a high pressure system that will be prevalent from the end of June through August. It’s also the reason why there won’t be an increased risk of tornadoes.
Anderson said the system should keep strong, jet stream winds away from the area, which will prevent the formation of thunderstorm and tornado cells.
However, looking to the east, the high pressure system in Manitoba is expected to be weaker, which Anderson said could trigger more tornadoes.
(With files from CJWW)