Rainy Weather Not Here to Stay, Warmer Temps. on the Way

A rainbow appears following a thundershower in Winnipeg. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The calendar reads the first day of summer, but the weather would say otherwise.

Winnipeggers have been dealing with a deluge of wet and dreary conditions for most of June, however the weeks ahead tell a different story.

David Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada, says Winnipeg has received 59 mm of rainfall in June so far. The average is about 57 mm for the first three weeks of the month. To put that into perspective, Phillips says the city has seen rain the last 30 out of 50 days.

“It’s not record-breaking,” Phillips said of the rain amounts on Wednesday, but did say the city has been dealt a “water torture test” in what seems like continuous rainfall.

If you take into account rainfall amounts going back to March until now, Winnipeg has seen 243 mm of rain, which is 43% more than what’s considered normal.

Temperature-wise, the city is on track with an average temperature hovering at about 17°C (normal is 17.2°C).

Phillips says the Prairies in general are in store for a warmer and drier summer, but nothing on par to the record-breaking heat felt last year.

The clouds should push out by Friday, where Environment Canada is calling for sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-20s right through the weekend.