Summer is knocking at the door and many are wondering what Mother Nature has planned for the Drumheller area this year.
"As we move into the summer it looks like the above average temperatures are expected to remain," explained Kirk Torneby, meteorologist with Environement Canada. "There is not a great deal of confidence with the above normal temperatures throughout the summer months, but there is some early indications that it could be near or a little bit above normal."
Precipitation has been below average over the last few months in Southern Alberta.
"The thing to remember is that in the spring months is more of the active weather when we get a lot of our precipitation," said Torneby. "Our heavier snows usually happen in March or April and in terms of widespread precipitation events they usually happen in the April, May and June period. The script definitely isn't closed yet and we will just have to wait and see."
Torneby admits it is diffult to predict the severity and patterns of the thunderstorms and showers for the summer.
"Thunderstorms or showers are so driven by local conditions: how much moisture is on the ground, how much has fallen over the last week," said Torneby. "They are so dependent on localized features that looking out that far is tough. Even within a day thunderstorms can be quite tricky to nail down the area, let alone how severe they are going to be."
The forecast for the upcoming week predicts clouds, rain showers and possibly flurries.