Air conditioners have been running full blast in much of Saskatchewan this summer, and August isn’t the time to turn them down.
August is expected to continue the trend of warmer than normal days the province has had through May, June and July, according to David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada.
“Even though the days are getting shorter, there’s still a lot of warmth left in the ground and that, and in the lakes and the rivers, “explained Phillips.
“So our models are saying warmer than normal for August, maybe not every day, but certainly that’s the flavour we’ll see.”
Phillips said August will likely be drier than normal as well.
Though there have been a few incidents of severe weather in Saskatchewan this summer – Phillips said we had half an average year’s tornadoes in one day in July. August isn’t expected to be especially busy on that front.
Looking even further ahead, Phillips predicted Saskatchewan will see warmer temperatures in the winter as well. He said El Nino is already forming in the Pacific, so he expects a milder and shorter winter than last year.