The weather for the long weekend to kick off July will be unsettled, and quite wet, and the precipitation will last through till Monday, Canada Day.

Airdrie's local forest is predicting a rather cloudy and rainy long weekend, with Saturday seeing a high of 20 degrees, though fog patches may occur from Friday night into Saturday morning. There's a small chance of showers in the afternoon, with the rain continuing on Sunday. Canada Day will see periods of rain and a high of 18 degrees. 

"[This weather] is pretty par for the course for this time of year. [It's] quite a season where you get some differential heating from the in the foothills and that can lead to some cumulus build up and convection and thunderstorms are showers," said Stephen Berg, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada. 

When asked if there's a possibility of funnel clouds developing, Berg said it is much too early to determine whether such a weather event could occur, adding that the 2023 Canada Day tornado is still a very vivid memory for some. As far as weather models predicting the rest of July's weather, Berg said that there is no dominant weather pattern that has yet emerged.

"It's really hard to say. At the moment. this coming week is going to be a bit wetter than normal for southern Alberta," he said. "For the following week, it looks like it dries out a little bit. In terms of the temperature anomalies for this week; [it] looks a little bit cooler than the normal."

Airdrie's Canada Day parade is set to go from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, followed by various events and activities throughout the day. Earlier this week, the city confirmed that the fireworks that traditionally close out Canada Day are scheduled to go ahead. The City has also downgraded from a fire ban to a fire advisory, though an outdoor watering ban is still in place.

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