Low Risk of Early Frost Seen Next Week for Canadian Prairies

The likelihood of an early frost striking farms in the Canadian Prairies is “relatively low” as cool temperatures are expected to rebound next week and into late August, Environment Canada said today.

Temperatures across Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta, the three provinces that grow the bulk of Canada’s cereal crops, will not slide below 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) in the next week, Ross Macdonald, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said in a telephone interview from Vancouver. Lower daytime temperatures will rebound to the mid-20 degrees Celsius range across the Prairies. The risk of freezing in August remains low, since there is no arctic air coming from the north, Macdonald said.

Cool, wet weather is delaying crop development in Saskatchewan, Canada’s largest grower of spring wheat and canola, the province said on Aug. 8. A return to warm weather will help advance corn and soybean crops in Manitoba, the province’s agriculture ministry said Aug. 6.

“For the most part, the Prairies look relatively safe,” Macdonald said. “It’s not going to be abominably hot, but there’s no real arctic air that’s going to be coming down and chilling things off.”

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