Rain, strong winds expected this weekend in parts of southern Sask.

Environment Canada meteorologists say it’s windier than average in Saskatchewan as strong wind gusts have been constant on the prairies this spring.

When averaged out, the month of May comes out as the windiest month of the year. Environment Canada meteorologist Terri Lang said they don’t necessarily keep statistics on wind, however their calculations for the Saskatoon area show wind speeds have been higher than normal.

While some may be wondering when we’ll get a break from the howling winds, it’s actually not as dramatic as one would think according to Lang.

“We have been seeing these low pressure systems that are going through the central part of the province and we often see these winds associated with these deep low pressure systems,” stated Lang.

She added the rain that’s usually paired with these systems hasn’t been falling in southern Saskatchewan like usual.

“The rain seems to be falling in the central part in the province. What we seem to be getting is these winds associated with these low pressure systems,” explained Lang. “We’re kind of on a double edged sword because we’re getting the winds but not the rain that comes with them.”

For those praying for rain in the forecast in the coming days, they’re in luck. Environment Canada is calling for showers in parts of southern Saskatchewan on Saturday with more rain late on Sunday and possibly at the start of next week.

Lang said more low pressure systems from south of the border will contribute to the weather change.

“We’re going to see the winds come up on Saturday again. But then during the day on Sunday, we’re expecting severe thunderstorms to develop in Montana and to start spreading across the border into Saskatchewan. So expect showers, thundershowers and risk of severe weather.”

Strong winds may be coupled with the predicted rainfall this weekend, however hot weather could be back by the end of next week.

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