Variable temperatures expected

Nathan Liewicki
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After reaching a high of 30.7 C on Saturday, Moose Jaw cooled off more than 10 degrees Monday.

Dark clouds move in over Moose Jaw.

In fact, Monday’s daytime high of 20 C was the coolest day the city has seen this month.

In June, we saw 22 days of rain that totaled more than 90 millimeters. Conversely, we’ve only seen about one-tenth of that amount in the first three weeks of July.

Natalie Hasell, a warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada, told the Times-Herald on Monday that towards the end of this week there is a possibility that more moisture could fall on the Friendly City.

“There's a chance of showers on Thursday,” said Hasell. “I expect Friday and Saturday might be more cloudy than what's suggested, giving us a greater chance of precipitation.”

Despite the lack of rain this month, Hasell noted it’s rare that parts of the Prairies go without either a rain shower or thunderstorm.

In the immediate future, the establishment of a ridge over a good part of the Prairies likely spells more sunshine for our region for the next couple of days.

As the temperatures and humidex rises, however, Hasell warns that the possibility of severe weather could arise, including heavy rainfall, large hail, gusty winds, lightning and even a tornado.

“(But) it’s not what we are expecting in the Moose Jaw area,” said Hasell.

Accompanying that warm weather, Hasell encourages Moose Javians to apply sunscreen and wearing appropriate clothing to ward off the risk of contracting a heat-induced illness.

While Hasell expects our region will see a cool down to below seasonal temperatures by the end of the week, there’s a lot of “variability from one day to the next” in our upcoming weather forecast.

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Storm Tips

Every summer there are thunderstorms that rattle households across the Prairies.

Sometimes those storms leave zero or minimal traces of damage. Other times, however, severe weather produces thousands of dollars in property damage and injuries – even fatalities.

Whether it’s heavy rains, hail, lightning, straight-line winds, or tornadoes, Environment Canada has tips to leave you prepared in the event severe weather takes place:

Choose the best shelter in your home, or office – ideally on the lowest floor of the building; stay away from windows and doors; maintain an emergency pack with a battery-powered flashlight, food supplies, tools for emergency repairs, a first aid kit, blankets and extra clothing; keep your car’s gas tank full in case gas stations are closed down after a storm; and choose a gathering place after the storm to ensure that everyone is safe and accounted for.

– Liewicki

Organizations: Environment Canada, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Friendly, Moose Jaw

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