With the extreme forest fire hazard in the district, many residents are actually hoping to see some rain in the forecast for the May long weekend. Gerald Cheng, Meteorologist with Environment Canada, detailed the upcoming forecast.

“ We are looking at unsettled weather, with the risk of thunderstorms. We can’t guarantee a lot of rain, and only parts of the district will see any rain. It doesn’t seem promising. As we head into tomorrow night and Friday, we may see a system coming through the area. That system is stronger, and we may see more substantial amounts of rain.”

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has imposed an outdoor burning ban across northwestern Ontario. Until further notice, any outside burning of any kind is not allowed, and burning permits have also been suspended.

The City of Dryden, the City of Kenora and the Municipality of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls are currently under municipal fire bans due to the extreme forest fire hazard.

Cheng adds that for residents who are still hoping for some sunny weather for the official start of summer, they can look forward to Sunday and Monday.

“For the May long weekend, we have some rain in the forecast to start the weekend, but we should be able to end the weekend well. We just have to get through that system. Once that system passes, it should be fair weather for the rest of the long weekend.”

Temperature wise, the region can expect highs between 12 C and 22 C throughout the weekend.

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