Believe it or not Regina, and residents in southeast Saskatchewan could be in for a brown Christmas this year.
Daytime highs are expected to reach as high as plus 5C in Regina this weekend, and climb as high as 7C degrees in Moose Jaw.
Environment Canada’s Terri Lang said with the small amount of snow on the ground, and the warm weather in the forecast for the long-range, Santa might have to put wagon wheels on his sleigh this year.
“The warm weather does look like it’s going to extend at least into the next seven or ten days,” Lang said. “That certainly puts the snow cover in jeopardy, it’s pretty thin this year so I think we may see it disappear,” Lang continued.
Lang said El Nino is the reason for the mild weather as of late.
“They’re calling it a mild El Nino that is present in the south Pacific, and that has the effect of off setting the jet stream, and the jet stream goes well north of western Canada, sort of over the Yukon and that way, Lang added.
The normal daytime high for Regina this time of the year is about -8C.