Bad news for southern Saskatchewan is coming in the form of a lack of precipitation, and it looks like that trend will continue for today as the risk of fire in the area increases.

Dry land for producers, as well as an increased risk of fire, are both results of a lack of precipitation following the recent snow melt, as meteorologist for Environment and Climate Change Canada, Robyn Dyck, explained.

She said that at this time of year, the amount of precipitation is below average.

"Basically as far back as you can look, we are below normal, we're quite dry. I just sort of pulled up the 30-day rolling average, we're quite below normal. It is very dry."

While precipitation is in the forecast, Dyck said not to get hopes too high.

"There is a slight chance of some precipitation with that, but like I said no accumulations really, the bigger system of interest will be next weekend, but that is quite a far ways out, so there could be some accumulation with that, but that's a week out, so a lot can change between now and then."

Dyck said that dust may be a concern going forward due to dry conditions mixed with wind.

Linked below are charts detailing the region's risk of fire and precipitation accumulation.


Risk of Fire Chart:

Accumulation of Precipitation Chart: