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PG returning to a more seasonal weather pattern this May long weekend

The hot, dry conditions that blasted Prince George with an early dose of summer is coming to an end.

According to Environment Canada, more seasonal conditions are being predicted for Sunday and Monday with highs of 18 and 21 degrees.

Meteorologist, Carmen Hartt told the weather pattern should last all of next week.

“We are finally going to see that pattern change Sunday or Monday this long weekend and that puts us into relatively cooler temperatures but they are actually considered normal for this time of year, which will be in the high teens or low 20s’ into next week.”

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Hartt added there is a chance of thundershowers earlier in the May long weekend, which may trigger a spike in wildfires.

“The rainfall associated with those thunderstorms will bring some relief but there is also a worry some of the lighting could spark new fires through the province so that’s something to be watching for the weekend.”

Hartt also expects the smoke to linger even with the improved air quality rating in PG.

The current index is 8.

Hartt mentioned the wind has helped conditions improve.

“What happened between yesterday and today was a bit of a southerly wind has come in this morning and that has actually improved conditions a little bit. We’ve gone from a very high or extreme air quality health index to a moderate one today due to that southerly wind.”

“We are expecting this pattern to continue into the weekend. I wouldn’t say it’s going to totally improve but I think we will stay to moderate risk for the most part this weekend.”

Today’s high calls for mainly sunny skies with a risk of showers and a high of 26 degrees. Saturday’s forecast calls for a 40% chance of thundershowers and a high of 25.

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