Saskatchewan’s extra long winter looks set to continue.
While Environment Canada is calling for temperatures to move closer to the 0 C mark by early next week, meteorologist Mike Russo said even the most optimistic forecast would still mean several more days of chilly weather for this time of year.
“All the models are forecasting below average temperatures,” he said Friday morning.
Russo said a high-pressure ridge of Arctic air has been hanging over the western Prairies, causing colder than normal conditions throughout the region.
Environment Canada also confirmed Saskatoon had set a new record low for April 6 when the temperature dipped to -23 C at 6 a.m. The previous mark of -20 C was set in 1920.
Average highs for early April in Saskatchewan tend to be about 7 C.
By early Friday morning, Environment Canada was predicting Saturday would see highs of -7 C for Saskatoon and Regina.
While a bit of relief was expected by Monday or Tuesday, neither city was forecast to see a high above 6 C at any point in the next seven days.
There is a small chance Regina could see flurries Sunday, but overall, Russo said while the weekend will be chilly across Saskatchewan, at least there should be plenty of sunshine.
—With files from Brent Bosker