Daytime temperatures during the May long weekend were consistently cooler than average, but despite the chill and two frost advisories issued for the Airdrie region, no record temperatures were recorded or broken.

According to Natalie Hazel, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada, daytime temperatures for this time of the year for the region are around 18 degrees, with nighttime lows hovering around four degrees.

"Overnight temperatures weren't too far from what we would consider close to normal, but your daytime temperatures were markedly cool compared to normal," she said. "We've had a frontal structure sitting across the prairies, and a string of lows travelling along it, so, it makes sense that your temperatures were below normal multiple times. You were under the influence of a low-pressure system that had moved somewhere to your east; the flow you were in was from the north."

And while no precipitation records were broken despite steady rain during the weekend, Hazel said that thus far for May, 40.7 millimetres of precipitation has fallen, compared to the average for the entire month which is 56.8 millimetres.

"... Wetter than we've seen in the last while and also wetter in the sense that it looks like you had rain almost every day, from the 16 to the 20th of May," Hazel added. "That's different than what you're used to, because what we've seen most of the season, is some precipitation and many days of nothing, and then some precipitation again, so things have time to dry out; whereas, now, we're looking at precipitation for several days in a row." 

The coming days will not be particularly any warmer, with Tuesday's daytime high only reaching 13 degrees. Wednesday is expected to be the coldest day of the week, with the daytime high only at eight degrees.

While the Farmer's Almanac has predicted a hot and dry summer for the prairies, the extended 60-day forecast is predicting more showers and cool weather till the end of May, with the beginning of June seeing more rain, though warmer weather. Mid-June is expected to see a few isolated showers in the eastern part of the prairies with cool temperatures, while the official week of Summer (June 20) begins with scattered thundershowers and mild weather. 

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