It looks like the upcoming fall season will start off drier and warmer than normal here in southern Alberta.
Online Forecaster AccuWeather.com has released its fall forecast for Canada.
Meteorologist Brett Anderson says that’s likely going to be the trend here on the southern prairies, at least until the middle part of October when we could see a swing to unseasonably colder conditions in some areas.
Anderson says the expected drier conditions will also likely prolong the potential for wildfires well into the fall.
He also doesn’t expect much in terms of snow either in Rockies until much later in the season.
“The drier and warmer conditions may aid in the fall harvest across the Prairies during September,” Anderson said.
While the dryness may benefit some farmers, it could also lead to some concerns.
There are pockets of moderate drought in the Prairies, according to the Canadian Drought Monitor. Below-normal precipitation throughout the fall could cause these pockets to expand and the drought to worsen.
However, a mid-season flip in the weather pattern will usher in big changes to the Prairies.
Anderson says during the month of October, there may be an early season surge of unseasonably cold air directed into the eastern Prairies.
He notes the intrusions of chilly Arctic air may bring about the first freeze of the season from eastern Saskatchewan through Manitoba slightly earlier than normal.
You can see the full AccuWeather forecast for Canada here: AccuWeather 2019 Fall Forecast
(With files from AccuWeather.com release)