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Spring showers above average for the month of June

Rubber boots, raincoats, and umbrellas have become a common site in Saskatoon this June with many days of rain.

Environment Canada meteorologist Dan Fulton said the bridge city is already 20 per cent over what it would typically see for the entire month.

"June is actually... the rainiest month for Saskatoon," he said. "The average rainfall in June is 65.8 millimetres and we are past that already. We are running already at 86.3 for the month."

Regina avoids first summer storm

After a beautiful morning with clear blue sky and sunshine, a severe thunderstorm watch was issued for Regina, Moose Jaw and the entire portion of southeast Saskatchewan. But no extreme weather was felt in the Queen City, a brief shower passed and the sun peaked out between the clouds.

Summer may finally bring normal temperatures to Sask.

Just like the winter that preceded it, spring 2014 proved to be cool and gloomy in Saskatchewan

“Temperatures in June are clearly more than three degrees colder than normal,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Dave Phillips who admitted he must sound like a broken record this year.

“May was still below normal, I think eight of the last nine months have been below normal.”

Burials cancelled as Moose Jaw cemetery floods

Burials are being cancelled and staff are doing what they can after rain this week completely flooded some areas of Moose Jaw's Rosedale Cemetery.

"The conditions at the Rosedale Cemetery are quite bad actually," admitted Moose Jaw parks and recreation director Judy Hauta. "Obviously we started the spring with a very high water table and with very soft, wet conditions and a lot of standing water. Certainly the rainfall that's come in the last week or so here has contributed to the problem."

Wet weather headaches not over in southern Saskatchewan

Heavy downpours across southern Saskatchewan on Wednesday left many people bailing out their basements on Thursday.

Regina got about an inch and a half of rain while other areas of the province had even more. Regina police event reported that several cars had been stranded on roads Wednesday night after drivers ventured into water that was too deep.

Mike Payne with Restorex Disaster Restoration says the company is now getting swamped with dozens of phone calls about flooded basements between Moose Jaw and Regina.

Environment Canada forecasting heavy rain for south Saskatchewan

When it rains, it pours and that will be the case for the southern part of the province as a band of thunderstorms moves in from Montana and North Dakota.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for the southeast corner of the province Wednesday morning. Later this afternoon and into the evening, people around Weyburn, Estevan Carlyle, Oxbow and all the way up to Moosomin could see between 40 and 70 millimetres or about two inches of rain within a few hours.

Heavy rain leaves people with flooded basements south of Swift Current

Some people south of Swift Current are dealing with some flooding after two to three inches of rain fell in a short period of time Tuesday.

Terry Palaschak is on the council of the R.M. of Val Marie and says he’s been fielding calls all day from people with flooded basements.

“Basically the whole R.M. is getting it," Palaschak said. "The storm has let up now but we were so saturated from before because in the last 10 days, we’ve had probably four inches of rain spread out through the R.M.”

Gardiner Dam flow increased to prepare for Alta. rain

With rainfall warnings in southern Alberta, a warning to keep an eye on the South Saskatchewan River from the Water Security Agency (WSA).

Outflow from the Gardiner Dam was increased Tuesday from 380 to 900 cubic metres per second.

"This is in response to the heavy rainfall that is happening right now in southern Alberta," said WSA spokesperson Patrick Boyle. 

Boyle said the increase is still well below the South Saskatchewan's  flow from last June. At that time, massive inflows caused the dam to be opened up to 2,000 cubic metres per second.

Thunderstorms could bring funnel clouds

There was a special weather statement for much of southern Saskatchewan on Sunday afternoon.
Environment Canada's Mark Gerlyand expected thunderstorms to develop throughout the afternoon, with the possibility of funnel clouds.
But he didn't think it would stick around for very long.
"All of these thunderstorms will be relatively weak, so it should be short-lived," he said.
Gerlyand said it's unlikely a tornado will touch down, but it's still

Frosty weather brings chilly start to Sask. summer

Summer may only be a couple of weeks away, but Saskatchewan is still dealing with frost warnings overnight.

The mercury dropped down to a chilly two degrees Celsius in Saskatoon Friday night. It was even colder in Regina where the temperature bottomed out at one degree. Prince Albert was the cold spot at a frigid minus two degrees.

According to Environment Canada, however, things will gradually warm up again.

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