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Rain hampers Sask. harvest

The rainy weekend has turned the logistics of harvest into a tough slog for farmers in the southern part of the province.

“It’s going to make for a real tough go,” said Curtis Dobson, a farmer in the Rouleau area. “(There is) moisture getting us going early in the morning or late at night. It’s going to shorten our harvest days, and create a lot of logistic issues getting through the fields with loaded grain trucks on roads.”

Dobson says there is quite a bit of standing water in fields.

5 Sask. communities with the most rain this weekend

People in southern Saskatchewan are once again trying to dry out after a weekend full of record-breaking rain.

A rainfall warning was issued for southern Saskatchewan throughout much of the weekend. By the end of the day Sunday, some communities had received nearly 80 mm, or three inches, of rain.

One such community was Val Marie in the south east. With 66.1 mm of rain, it received the second-highest amount recorded by Environment Canada.

Rainfall warnings for southwest Sask.

Saskatchewan will get wet this weekend with a complex weather system moving in from the United States bringing rain warnings and flooding worries.

"We have disturbances situated over Wyoming with a trough of low pressure that extends up into the southwestern corner of the province," Environment Canada meteorologist Mike Russo said.

"It will gradually move into the southwestern areas of the province that includes the Assiniboia, Gravelbourg, Grasslands National Park area, as well as Val Marie."

Flooded communities hope weekend rain will miss them

Communities hit by flooding in southeast Saskatchewan earlier this summer are bracing for what could be another weekend of very wet weather.

The Water Security Agency has issued a public advisory due to the potential for 50 to 80 millimeters or up to three inches of rain this weekend in some parts of the province.

Heavy rain could bring more flooding to southeast Sask.

Areas of southeastern Saskatchewan still recovering from summer flooding may be hit with heavy rain again this weekend.

The Water Security Agency (WSA) is warning the public that flooding may hit areas southeast of a line that starts at Val Marie and goes through Assiniboia, Regina and down to Estevan. Anywhere from 50 mm to 80 mm of rain is possible from Friday night to Monday morning.

Rafferty and Alameda Reservoirs would be able to hold a lot of the rainfall, however localized flooding could still happen depending on how much rain comes down, and how fast.

Environment Canada to start tweeting soon

Environment Canada will soon have one more way to keep people in Saskatchewan updated on severe weather.

The weather service has been negotiating with Twitter to use the social-media site to share alerts and updates. Kent Johnson, interim executive director of national programs and business development, explained there were two issues that needed to be resolved in order for Environment Canada to fully utilize Twitter.

Cool down expected for late August in Saskatchewan

After a few weeks of heat and sunshine, Mother Nature seems to be giving Saskatchewan the cold shoulder.

The next two weeks are expected to be cooler than normal for this time of year feeling a little more like fall weather.

"There's no mystery; when you get this cool temperature, there's only one way the winds are blowing, and that's from the north," said David Phillips, meteorologist with Environment Canada.

Tough growing season for producers at Regina Farmer's Market

Fresh produce may have filled the tables at the Regina Farmer's Market on Wednesday, but it hasn't been an easy year for growers.

Potatoes, corn, peas, beans, cauliflower and much more were flying off the tables, even with a steady drizzle falling from the sky. But the wet weather is something producers have been dealing with all summer.

"It was a really slow start, with all the rain and the cold," said Chelsea Erlandson. She's with Spring Creek Garden, and travels to Regina from Outlook twice a week. "Everything was pushed back about a week or two."

Chilly August weather in Saskatoon

After some intense heat, Saskatchewan is heading into a dramatic cool down.

Temperatures are expected to stay in the low to mid-20 C range for Wednesday till Friday. By the weekend, day time highs will only be in the mid to high teens.

"It's going to be four or five degree below normal," Mike Russo, meteorologist with Environment Canada, said.

This all comes after hitting 30 C Tuesday at the Saskatoon Airport.

Forest fires bring haze back to Regina

The sky was grey Monday evening and the haze continued into Tuesday all thanks to wildfires.

Environment Canada says there are fires burning in the Northwest Territories again.

"The upper winds are such that it brings it down over the province of Saskatchewan, the upper levels, and then it settles down into the lower atmosphere... It's hot and humid and the air is quite stable so it traps everything in the lower atmosphere, so we really see that haziness," explained Terri Lang, meteorologist with Environment Canada.

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