Mild, dry weather ex­pected to fol­low rain

Medicine Hat News - - HOMETOWN NEWS - JEREMY APPEL jap­pel@medicine­hat­news.com Twit­ter: MHNJere­myAp­pel

Hat­ters can ex­pect a rel­a­tively dry au­tumn with above-av­er­age tem­per­a­tures, ac­cord­ing to a Weather Net­work me­te­o­rol­o­gist.

Michael Carter, who’s based in Oakville, Ont., said the south­ern Prairies have had an un­usual amount of heat and dry­ness in the sum­mer.

“We are go­ing to get a bit of a break in the pat­tern,” he said. “Things are go­ing to be switched up a lit­tle bit for the sec­ond half of Septem­ber.”

The weather will be much cooler and rainier for the first bit of fall be­fore re­turn­ing to a dryer cli­mate, Carter said.

“Look­ing at the fall as a whole for the very big pic­ture, it looks like we will, once we get past this cooler pe­riod in Septem­ber, re­vert back to a pat­tern that looks some­thing like we saw through a lot of the sum­mer, per­haps a less ex­treme ver­sion,” he said.

“It’s im­por­tant to keep in mind that we’re re­ally mov­ing into the dry sea­son across (the) south­ern Prairies any­way,” he said, adding that the sum­mer is typ­i­cally when there’s an abun­dance of rain in the re­gion.

“We may find rain­fall very scarce as we move into the months of Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber,” said Carter.

The slightly higher than av­er­age tem­per­a­ture for au­tumn won’t nec­es­sar­ily make a per­cep­ti­ble dif­fer­ence, he said.

“Even if we’re run­ning a bit above nor­mal in the mid­dle of the sea­son, we’re still go­ing to have an abun­dance of those chilly, more fall-like days, as we get into Oc­to­ber and es­pe­cially Novem­ber,” Carter said.

NEWS PHOTO EMMA BEN­NETT

A wel­comed rainy day af­ter a long, hot sum­mer, Brooke Rik­stad and Jamie Stu­ble walk back to work along Third Street SE af­ter a cof­fee break Thurs­day morn­ing.

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