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Warm, dry weather expected for foreseeable future

With the need for rain across Alberta at a high, there’s bad news from Environment Canada as the unseasonably warm and dry weather looks to be forecasted for the next few weeks.

“We are looking at an extended period here of seasonal to warmer than normal temperatures and really no significant moisture here for the next seven days,” says Meteorologist Dan Kulak. “Some of the longer range stuff we have suggests it’s going to remain dry across Northwestern Alberta.”

Both the County and City of Grande Prairie remain are under fire advisories, as blowing winds and bone dry grass could create significant problems. Kulak says the weather may be a issue when it comes to the rest of May, but traditionally the summer months will bring some much-needed relief.

“In general, we go from 41 in May to 76 millimetres [of rain] in June, so that’s almost double. It kind of stays that way for July before it tapers off in August as thunderstorm season starts to wind down.”

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In 2018, Grande Prairie saw 103 millimetres of rain hit the ground in June.

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