Summer Weather Turns Unsettled at Weeks End

Southern Manitoba is in the middle of one of the most pleasant stretches of summer weather so far this year; humidity is relatively low with plenty of sun and daytime highs sitting in the mid-to-upper 20’s. This beautiful weather will continue for another couple days before an upper-level low pressure system begins impacting our region on Friday, bringing unsettled weather back to the region.

Wednesday
26°C / 13°C
Mainly sunny

Thursday
26°C / 18°C
Mixed skies with a chance of showers in the evening

Friday
26°C / 15°C
Chance of [thunder]showers

Today and tomorrow will both be beautiful days with highs around 26°C and light winds as a ridge of high pressure moving through the province quashes any unwelcome weather. Both days will also feature ample sunshine and fairly light winds, although around the end of tomorrow winds will likely begin to pick up out of the southeast to around 20–30km/h. Tonight’s overnight low will hover around 13°C.

Thursday evening will mark the arrival of the leading edge of a major low pressure system developing over the western Prairies. A leading disturbance will swing into Southern Manitoba through the night, bringing a good chance of shower activity to most places[1] with around 5mm of rain expected in most places that see the showers. It may end up being more hit and miss and we’ll be able to refine the forecast as we get closer to the event.

A moderate risk of severe thunderstorms this afternoon will translate into a slight risk over SW Manitoba this evening.
A moderate risk of severe thunderstorms this afternoon will translate into a slight risk over SW Manitoba this evening. See our discussion below.

Perhaps of heightened concern for Thursday evening is the potential for severe thunderstorms over extreme Southwestern Manitoba. It’s worth being aware of the potential at the moment, however there are a lot of potentially complicating factors that will become clear tomorrow as to whether or not that threat will be able to be realized or not. We’ll update in the comments below with more details early in the day on Thursday.

Friday will bring unsettled weather. While morning showers will be possible, the weather will transition into a mix of sun and cloud fairly early before the threat for showers or thunderstorms redevelops in the afternoon. The redevelopment will not affect all of Southern Manitoba; it will mainly be of concern for the Red River Valley/Interlake and areas eastwards. Despite the unsettled weather, temperatures will be warm with highs sitting near 26°C. The humidity will be a little more noticeable, but nowhere near the humid days we’ve had so far this year.

Mixed Weekend

Looking ahead to the weekend, Saturday looks like showers will push through the region through the day underneath the upper-level low as it pushes through. Highs on Saturday will once again be in the mid–20’s. Sunday will be a return to pleasant weather as a ridge of high pressure begins building back into the area. Highs will likely be, you guessed it, in the mid–20’s!


  1. Including the Parkland region, southwest Manitoba, the Red River Valley, southeastern Manitoba and the Interlake.  ↩
Brad

Brad

Brad lives in Winnipeg with his wife and two children and is the founder of A Weather Moment. He has loved weather from a very young age and has followed that passion through his life so far. He has received a B.Sc. in Earth Sciences with Specialization in Atmospheric Sciences and is currently employed in the field of meteorology.You can find the author as @WeatherInThePeg on Twitter.