After weeks of bone-dry conditions, much needed rain is arriving in Saskatchewan.
Environment Canada’s David Phillips said the Saskatoon area is expected to see 20 to 25 millimetres.
A system pushing up from Montana will bring significant moisture to the southern half of the province this week.
“These are million dollar rains because the situation has been very dry for so long,” Phillips said, adding rainfall will vary across Saskatchewan.
“In more of the southwest, maybe up to 60 (millimetres); which would be more than a month’s worth of rain in a couple of days.”
According to the meteorologist, Saskatoon received just a third of its normal precipitation during March and April.
Additionally, Phillips said the rain will beat down the haze lingering over Saskatoon and other parts of central Sask.
“Rain can polish the sky…it will also help to diminish the smoke up in Buffalo Narrows and La Loche where we have air quality warnings,” he said.
On Monday morning, several areas in west Central Sask. were issued air quality statements connected to neighbouring wildfires.
Phillips said while the rains will not make it far enough north, cooler temperatures should help slow down the spreading flames in Alberta.
With that comes a risk of frost, and a warning for eager green thumbs.
“If you’ve bought some plants and they’re not quite into the ground yet, you might want to cover them, keep them sheltered through Wednesday and Thursday until temperatures begin to pick up,” he said.