Regina is not just gripped with sweltering heat, it’s also been one of the driest on record. In fact is has not been this dry in July the Queen City in July since 1887.
Environment Canada’s John Paul Cragg says even the 130-year-old record may fall this year.
“We’ve got records in Regina dating back to 1884,” Cragg said. “It looks like without any precipitation, this could be the driest July. And we’re looking at similar situations for Moose Jaw and Swift Current.”
Cragg says the weather office is now recording data in uncharted territory.
“In Regina, over the whole month of July, it’s very, very rare that that weather station doesn’t see any precipitation at all,” Cragg said. “Actually, it’s more than rare. It has never happened. If we finish off July the way we started it — with zero-precipitation — it looks like we could beat the record.”
Cragg says a pattern of low pressure systems to the north, could be blamed for the drought.
“So, as low-pressure systems move through central Saskatchewan, most of the precipitation happens to the north of the track of the low,” Cragg said. “And very little precipitation happens to the south. And we’ve been seeing that pattern.”
Since November Regina has only seen about four inches, or about 10 cm of precipitation. Cragg says that is the driest November to July period since 1894.
Cragg says the dry weather can be blamed on a continued pattern of low pressure systems pushing through northern and central Saskatchewan.