Dreary skies in Saskatoon on Wednesday are not a sign of things to
At least, that's what Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips is saying, based on computer models looking ahead to October.
"All of our models are showing what you see in terms of the beginning part of September and most of September, we're likely going to keep as we get out of September and into October," he said.
In the short term, Phillips said he's predicting about 10 to 20 millimetres of rain between Wednesday and Thursday.
Environment Canada is giving parts of Saskatchewan a heads-up as two low-pressure systems look to be bringing a lot of rain and wind into the province.
On Tuesday Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for Outlook, Humboldt, Melfort, Hudson Bay, Moose Jaw and surrounding areas.
"What we're looking at is an accumulation through those two lows of around 50 millimetres (or two inches)," explained meteorologist John Paul Cragg.
However, varied amounts of rain will likely fall throughout Saskatchewan beginning Tuesday night and continuing into Thursday.
It was frost for the first time in Regina this season; well, a little bit of it anyway.
An extensive frost warning was issued Thursday for most of Saskatchewan in anticipation of overnight temperatures approaching the freezing mark.
The chilliest temperature was at Watrous, 175 kilometers north of Regina, where the low was at minus 2.8 degrees. In Regina some early risers had to scrape their windshields and could see frost on their lawn, the first drop below zero this season.
Saskatoon stayed right at the freezing mark overnight.
The rain of the last couple of days may be putting a bit of a damper on the harvest across the southern grain belt but it is hardly hurting farmers enthusiasm over that they are seeing this 2013 season.
The latest crop report from Saskatchewan Agriculture indicates 55 per cent of the crop over all is now in the bin, well ahead of the five-year average of 44 per cent.
"At the beginning of August no one could have predicted this," admitted Daphne Cruise with Sask Agriculture, "especially because we were so far behind with the cool July that we had."
As the days slip into fall the mercury is also falling, leading a forecast for frost on Thursday night.
"When we get these clear nights and the winds drop off there's a really good chance of frost forming," said John Paul Cragg, Environment Canada's warning preparedness meteorologist.
People in Saskatchewan can thank the cooler summer weather, in part, for the low number of mosquitoes and West Nile cases in the province in 2013.
"This season has been a bit of an odd season," said Phil Curry, the provincial West Nile virus coordinator for the Ministry of Health.
"Because of the late spring the mosquitoes were late in terms of coming out of hibernation and developing...then we had that cold spell at the end of July and first part of August. That really put a damper on the biting activity that carries West Nile."
Fall’s first bite bit Sunday morning as temperatures dipped below zero on the east side of the province.
It was the coldest morning yet since summer began and the first widespread frost of the season.
Some of the hardest hit areas were places like Indian Head or Preeceville which hit -3 C.
“It does look like this is the coldest morning we’ve seen,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Mark Melness. “It’s not too far from normal however. This time of year, normal lows are plus three and normal highs are plus 18.”
Fall is trying to muscle in on our warm summer temperatures.
On Wednesday, Environment Canada warned of a frost risk overnight in areas around Regina and Saskatoon.
“I think it scares a few people thinking, ‘Well hey, the harvest is not over yet,’” said David Phillips, senior climatologist for EC. “And you’re still enjoying the late summery kind of weather.”
After a long winter and spring, Saskatoon finally got a break with above average temperatures in August.
The past month was just two degrees above the average. The usual is 17 C but Saskatoon averaged nearly 18.9 C.
Saskatoon also beat the average of four days above 30 C.
“(There were) six days where we reached a temperature of 30 or greater within Saskatoon,” Natalie Hasell, meteorologist with Environment Canada, said.
September, October and November are forecasted to be above average temperatures.
Provincial Parks are expecting more campers this Labour Day weekend.
It's partly because of the forecast, but also because kids will not start school until next week.
"We expect a lot of visitors coming in," said spokesman Marty Halpape with the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport.
"We're going to be fairly full, but I believe that we'll be able to accommodate people wanting to come out. I think most of our parks have spaces open right now."
He said it's difficult to pinpoint which parks are most popular, but added that this summer has been very busy.