Traditionally, the May long weekend hasn’t been generous weather-wise. It could snow in the morning, become scorching hot in the early afternoon, then rain for hours on end. It turns out, that isn’t necessarily the case.
Over the past five years, the average temperature on Victoria Day has been 17°, with the overnight low around 6°. As for precipitation, there have only been two years with rainfall in the past five.
Terri Laing is a regional meteorologist with Environment Canada. She has spent her life in Saskatchewan, and while she remembers snow one year while camping in northern Saskatchewan, the weather for the long weekend tends to be rather seasonal. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep our eyes out.
“Because we’re still in this transition period from spring into summer, almost anything can happen on the May long weekend, and we have seen it happen, but this weekend we’re looking for some pretty nice conditions,” Laing explained.
The sunshine expected this weekend is due to a high-pressure system, although its origin might be a little deceiving, Laing said.
“We have this ridge of arctic high pressure that’s moving down, and it sound’s a little scary,” Laing added. The high pressure, though, will keep the skies sunny, and the temperatures around average for this time of year.
For those who are hoping for some rain in the coming days, especially producers who have wrapped up seeding, Laing stated they may not get their wish over the next week or so. The long-range forecast isn’t calling for any significant precipitation for the next seven to ten days.