Long-range forecast points to cool, wet spring for northern Prairies

Forecast probability of precipitation above, below and near normal for the period from February through April 2021, based on three equiprobable categories from 1981-2010 climatology. Map produced Jan. 31, 2021. (Map: Environment and Climate Change Canada)

MarketsFarm — Central and northern agricultural regions of Saskatchewan and Alberta are forecast to see cooler-than-normal temperatures with above-average precipitation over the next three months, according the latest long-range outlook from Environment Canada.

The department’s latest seasonal weather maps, dated Sunday, show a 40-50 per cent chance of above-normal precipitation across most of the northern Prairies. Temperatures across much of the same region have a similar probability of coming in below normal.

Meanwhile, the crop-growing regions of Manitoba should see both normal temperatures and precipitation, according to Environment Canada.

Southern Manitoba is in need of more moisture, according to separate data from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada showing a deficit across most of the southern regions of the province and into southeastern Saskatchewan.

Ontario through the Maritimes are forecast to see above-normal temperatures over the next three months, according to the report.

Precipitation is also forecast to be above-normal in some areas of Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.

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