June is coming in wet across Saskatchewan after a very dry May.
The forecast from Environment Canada called for up to 10 millimetres, or one-third of an inch, of rain Friday in Regina and up to 20 mm — just under an inch — in Saskatoon.
Before noon on Friday, both cities had around 15 mm, or half an inch, of rainfall over 48 hours.
Both cities also have another chance of rain for Friday night and Saturday.
In other areas of the province, Weyburn received 41 mm — 1.6 inches — and Cypress Hills Park got around 30 mm, just over an inch.
“A number of areas across the whole southern part of the province exceeding 20 mm over the last couple days,” Environment Canada Meteorologist Dan Koulak said.
“These coming rains will be the, maybe the billion dollar rains, that will help and provide some optimism about farming. It’s almost as if nature has forgotten how to precipitate in parts of Saskatchewan,” explained Environment Canada’s senior climatologist David Phillips.
That’s a noticeable change from the last few months.
“April was so cold. It was the coldest April in 16 years. You ended up with May, the warmest in 41 years. It was almost like going from slush to sweat,” said Phillips.
During May, Regina received 25.4 mm of rain while Saskatoon got 34.7 mm — one inch and 1.4 inches respectively.
Koulak said the rains are wide-spread across the southern parts of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
“I think it’s welcome for a lot of people out there,” Koulak said.
But the rain isn’t expected to stick around, with sunshine expected on Sunday.
Phillips is forecasting the next couple months to be warmer than normal.