Though they took the better part of the summer to arrive, the dog days are here.
"When we look at it, in terms of the next 10 days, God — this is like the dog days of summer," said David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada. "This is absolutely a grower's dream. ... There's sunshine from wall to wall. Don't write the obituary on summer just yet."
Phillips said the final week of August will bring considerably warm and dry weather, climbing from the high 20s and into the low 30s Celsius. Even into September, he said, temperatures "will be more summer-like than winter-like."
"September, and then in to October and November, it will be warmer than normal across Southern Saskatchewan," Phillips said. "We're not talking July warmth. If it's a degree warmer than what you'd expect for this time of year, it qualifies as warmer than normal."
What makes the trend so convincing, he added, was that it isn't located just in Saskatchewan, but it covers a "huge area" from Southern Alberta through almost all of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.
Phillips didn't exclude the possibility of cooler weather, however.
"The models force us to say something, be it warmer, colder, or somewhere in between. ... If you take a look at the breakdown, colder than normal has about a 20 to 25 per cent chance. Warmer than normal, it's about a 45 to 55 per cent chance. The rest is between — or near normal," he said.
"When you look at the odds, there is clearly a much better chance it will be normal to warmer than normal."
For farmers, Phillips did note the likelihood of a frost before Thanksgiving weekend.
"Normally it does come by the third week of September, but I think by that time the crops will not be in danger of a frost. It depends if it is widespread and if it's long lasting," he said.
"This is a time when you don't want the rains, you want sunshine and warmth ... (and) you could not have asked anybody to order better weather for you right now."