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More rain, chance of thunderstorms in the cards for Athabasca this week

Athabascans will need to be prepared for both rain and shine this week with more rain and high UV values in the forecast
Environment Canada's seven-day forecast is calling more rain, chances of thunderstorms, and high winds and UV index values for the week of June 10.

ATHABASCA — Athabascans, don’t put away your rubber boots and raincoats yet — this week’s forecast is calling for more moisture and chances of thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday.

According to Environment Canada’s seven-day forecast, the Athabasca area will continue to deal with northwest winds gusting from 20 kilometres an hour up to 40km/hr on Monday, June 10. Today comes with a high of 21 C, and a 30 per cent chance of showers in the evening.

Chances of thunderstorms are anticipated after midnight on Tuesday morning and again late into Tuesday’s afternoon. But area residents should be ready with their sunscreen as Tuesday morning is predicted to be sunny with a high of 22 C, and a UV index approaching 7, or high on the UV index exposure scale.

More showers are expected overnight on Tuesday, with rain and winds continuing throughout the day Wednesday. Daytime temperatures are projected to stay below 12 C, dipping to a low of 9 C overnight amidst showers.

Thursday’s forecast does not call for rain, but skies will remain cloudy, and temperatures during the day will peak around 16 C. Clear skies and a low of 8 C are expected overnight.

The springtime sun is expected to make an appearance on Friday, June 14. A daytime high of 20 above is anticipated, with a 60 per cent chance of showers Friday night.

Another rainy weekend is expected in the area, with periods of rain and a high of 16 degrees projected for Saturday. Showers are anticipated to continue through the night, with a 60 per cent chance of continuing throughout Sunday.

The June 10 record for the highest temperature between 2008 and 2023 was set last year, with a recorded daytime temperature of 27.8 C, and the lowest temperature occurred in 2015, coming in at 4.5 C. In 2018, the region saw more than 28 millimetres of precipitation on June 10.

Lexi Freehill,

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