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Rainfall warning for Westman

Rainfall warnings for Westman, in place Saturday morning.

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Rainfall warnings for Westman, in place Saturday morning.

At least you haven't had to water your lawn.

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning Saturday morning for most of Westman — again — predicting that some areas could see up to 75 mm of precipitation as slow-moving storms move through.

It'll be the third major rainfall event in just over a week for the alread-wet region.

Last Thursday, July 19, Brandon was drenched with 75.2 mm of rain, close to an all-time record for 24 hours worth of precipitation on any date, and about what normally falls in the entire month of June.

Yesterday, another 51.4 mm fell — shattering the record for the day of 39.4 mm, set in 2004.

Now, Environment Canada says that 50 more millimetres of rain is expected today. That would be enough to double the record for today's date, a 60-year-old mark of 25.9 mm, set in 1952.

It's worse if you're at Countrfest. Campers at the music festival were deluged with 28 mm of rain yesterday, and today's system could bring between 50–75 mm more. Existing wet conditions had already forced the closure of some 80 or so camping spots.

On a foggy Saturday morning, forecasters were tracking a slow-moivng low-pressure system that was expected to bring clouds and then storms into southwestern Manitoba this afternoon — storms that will intensify Saturday night.

Today's high will be 23ºC, but thunderstorms at at times heavy rain will drop around 50 mm of rain this afternoon and tonight. This weather system will spread through southwestern Manitoba this afternoon and into the areas around the Riding Mountain National Park and southeastern Saskatchewan in the evening. Rain will intesify overnight, and continue Sunday. Temperatures will drop to about 15ºC tonight.

Although general rainfall amounts around 50 mm are expected. The Dauphin, Minnedosa, Yorkton and Kamsack regions will see 50 to 75 mm of rain.

Rainy, stormy conditions persist through Sunday, with gusts of wind up to 60 km/h and a high of 20ºC. 

Weather conditions will begin to improve Sunday night, but clouds and showers will linger through Monday, which should see a high of 18ºC.

The sun is expected to come out for Canada Day on Tuesday, which is predicted to see a mix of sun and cloud, and a high of 19ºC.

The rest of the week looks great, with sunny skies in the forecast for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Highs for the tail end of the week will range from 22ºC on Wednesday to 26ºC on Friday.

The normal high for this time of year is 24ºC; the normal low is 12ºC.

The hottest it's ever been on this date was in 1961, when it hit 35ºC. The coldest ever was 4.7ºC on this date in 1992.

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