The “better late than never” summer that’s arrived in Winnipeg, while tempered after the cold front that pushed through late last week, will continue to bring beautiful weather to Southern Manitoba at least through the rest of this week, and likely into the next.
23°C / 9°C Mainly sunny.
31°C / 15°C Mainly sunny.
30°C / 16°C Sunny with some cloudy periods.
Today will be the coolest day of the next few as we remain in the cooler air behind a cold front that pushed through yesterday afternoon. The good thing is that our expected high of 23°C is still above our average high for this time of year, which sits around 21°C. We’ll have one more chilly night as temperatures dip just down into the single digits, bottoming out around 8 or 9°C.
A very hot air mass will push into Southern Manitoba on Thursday, rocketing our temperatures into the low 30’s. I think we’ll just creep over said mark, topping out at 31°C, however some guidance does suggest highs closer to 33 or 34°C. While some areas in Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan have seen the mid–30’s with this air mass, it looks to cool just a tad as it pushes eastwards. Some areas along the western escarpment of the Red River Valley may see temperatures bump up a few degrees higher thanks to some extra heating from down-sloping winds.
There’s a very slight chance of some showers or thunderstorms on Thursday night as a weak cold front slumps southwards. Whether or not they happen will end up depending on exactly how sharp that cold front ends up being. If it remains rather diffuse then little activity would be expected. The GFS model develops an area of showers and thunderstorms that moves through our region on Thursday night, but it has the sharpest front of all the models. The greatest risk for anything will be through the Interlake region, should anything happen.
Friday will be a little bit cooler than Thursday but will still see daytime highs pushing close to 29 or 30°C. There will be a few cloudy periods, particularly through the afternoon hours, but will be a very nice day.
Through the whole week the dew points will remain relatively low, making the heat this week significantly more comfortable than the heat last week.
At this point the weekend looks warm but potentially unsettled, with the risk for showers or thunderstorms increasing through the weekend and into the beginning of next week. Temperatures will remain fairly mild though with daytime highs in the mid–20’s.
The hot weather in place over the Red River Valley will stick around through the rest of the week, although a few more weak disturbances will bring in a little more cloud alongside the risk of a few showers or thunderstorms.
31°C / 18°C A mix of sun and cloud. Humid.
28°C / 18°C A mix of sun and cloud. Humid. Slight chance a shower or thunderstorm.
We’ll see another hot and humid day today as temperatures climb into the low 30’s again with dew points hovering around 19–20°C. No precipitation is expected although we’ll see a mix of sun and cloud associated with a weak frontal system that wills be in the area.
Tomorrow will be an interesting day; at this point it looks like we’ll see a fair amount of cloud in the morning before clearing out for the afternoon as an area of showers and thunderstorms moves across North Dakota and perhaps portions of the southern Red River Valley. Should this system push further north, there would be a slight chance of showers in the morning here in Winnipeg, but at this point I think that we’ll stay dry. Things will be pleasant in the afternoon as we climb to a high around 28°C before a weak upper-level cold front pushes into the Red River Valley. As it sweeps through in the evening, there will be a chance of some showers or thunderstorms pushing into the Red River Valley alongside it. Most regions in the RRV will see a chance of a shower or thunderstorm in the evening and overnight hours. Things will move out overnight as we drop to a low around 18°C.
Friday will be a beautiful day with mainly sunny skies and a high around 27°C. The humidity will drop off through the day as we heat up and are able to mix some of the remaining moisture near the surface out. There’s little threat of precipitation until the evening and overnight hours as low-pressure system pushes into Southern Manitoba, where thunderstorms will be possible with this system along a trough that will push through the Red River Valley. Depending on how things set up, there may be a slight risk of a severe thunderstorm with this system, so we’ll be sure to keep an eye on how things are setting up.
The Long Weekend
A preliminary look ahead through the long weekend looks beautiful. Skies should clear on Saturday morning and after that, it looks like nothing but sun, sun and more sun all the way through Monday. Highs look to be in the mid-to-upper 20’s, generally between 25–28°C with overnight lows dipping down to around the 12–13°C mark thanks to significantly less humidity in the air mass behind Friday night’s low pressure system.
After a sweltering weekend, the heat will persist into this week with temperatures remaining well above seasonal values.
A Large Upper High Centred Over the United States will Continue to Bring Hot Weather to Southern Manitoba This Week
Increasing Cloudiness in the Morning 30°C / 17°C
Today will see increasing cloudiness in the morning with the approach of a strong upper level jet stream. Clouds will be mainly mid and upper level in nature, but will help to hold down temperatures somewhat. There will be a slight risk of thunderstorms in Western Manitoba during the evening and early overnight period, with isolated severe cells being possible. This risk will result from a weather system pushing in from Saskatchewan.
Mainly Sunny 32°C / 19°C
Tuesday will be a Mainly Sunny day in Southern Manitoba. Temperatures will climb up into the low thirties with light winds. No significant weather is expected.
Mainly Sunny 32°C / 20°C
Wednesday looks to be quite similar to Tuesday. Temperatures are expected to once again climb up over 30C with skies being mainly sunny. The wind might be a bit stronger, but that probably won’t be a bad thing given hot hot it will be.
In the long range it appears we’ll stick with the heat for some time yet. Models really show no significant cool downs in the foreseeable future.
After a couple slightly cooler days across Southern Manitoba the heat is set to return as a southerly flow develops ahead of a upper trough pushing towards the Rocky Mountains. Unlike the potent upper ridge of earlier this week, this southerly flow will be peppered with disturbances ejecting northeastwards out of the west coast trough and we’ll see substantially more unsettled weather over the next week or so.
We’ll today start off pleasantly as we head towards a high of about 30°C, however by midday the winds will begin pickup up out of the south and will likely reach 40–50km/h with gusts as high as 70km/h by the end of the day, making it not quite as pleasant as 30°C can be. We’ll see a mix of sun and cloud as well as some mid-level cloud streams up from the southwest through the day. Fortunately it looks like the worst of the humidity will stay off to our south for the day and, with dewpoints only in the low teens, will help the day be a little more comfortable.
There will be a chance of thunderstorms overnight into the morning hours on Saturday though as the first of many impulses lifts northeastwards into Southern Manitoba, dragging up with it substantial amounts of humidity. Overnight we should see our dew point climb to nearly 20°C, which means we’ll only see our overnight low dip to close to that mark. Regarding the thunderstorms, at this point it looks like the greatest threat for any activity will be over SW Manitoba then arcing NE through the Interlake region. There will be a chance of a thunderstorm through much of the Red River Valley, with the greatest risk at the north end – Winnipeg in particular could end up seeing the bulk of the action if things end up just a bit further south than currently forecast – and a decreasing risk towards the U.S. border. These storms are not expected to be severe, however given the ample moisture that they will be feeding off of, any storms that develop could produce substantial amounts of rainfall in short periods of time.
32°C / 18°C A mix of sun and cloud; risk of thunderstorms in the morning and then the afternoon.
Saturday will start off cloudy, potentially with showers or thunderstorms in the region, and then begin gradually clearing. It will be very humid in the Red River Valley, with dew points in the low 20’s. We’ll climb towards a high of around 32°C which, with the humidty, will feel much more like 37–40°C. In the afternoon a sharp dryline will begin working it’s way eastwards into the RRV associated with drier, westerly winds.
Thunderstorms are possible by late afternoon, but the exact location of them will depend on the entire synoptic setup and the placement of the dryline, which will be the feature that the storms will develop along. At this point, it appears that the western half of the RRV will be safe with an increasing risk through Winnipeg & the central RRV to a much greater chance over the eastern RRV into Sprague & the Whiteshell. These storms could easily become severe given the ample heating and surface moisture, 500mb jet core in the area providing 30–40kt of bulk shear, as well as a defined trigger in the dryline.
The storm potential does seem fairly dependant on the exact placement and strength of the dryline; if it doesn’t evolve to be strong enough or hangs back too long or blows through too early, then there will be almost no chance of any storms on Saturday. If storms develop, the main threats (particularly if they become severe) will be torrential rain and large hail. A tornado could not be ruled out either, but the flow may not be strong enough to support/sustain one. Strong winds would not be a widespread concern at this point.
And of course, since there has to be one more wrinkle in things, this will all be dependant on mid-level temperatures. The Canadian long-range model (GDPS) is forecasting cooler air at the mid-levels pushing over the RRV on Saturday afternoon, which would help destabilize things; if temperatures remain warmer at the mid-levels then we would likely remained capped and see have no thunderstorm activity. A lot of words for a conditional threat, but it could be a significant severe thunderstorm day for the Red River Valley and the Whiteshell, so I thought we should go over some of the possibilities and unknowns!
32°C / 18°C Mainly sunny.
Sunday will be a very nice day with mainly sunny skies, light winds, and a high near 32°C. There will be little to no chance of any precipitation; at this point it looks like there may be a marginal chance of an isolated thunderstorm near the U.S. border in the Red River Valley, but even that is pretty unlikely. Humidity will actually be quite comfortable as well, with dew points in the low teens. Probably the nicest day of the weekend, so get out there and enjoy it!
Without spending too many words on it, next week continues the warm trend with highs looking to be near 30°C much of the week; we’ll also see multiple disturbances move through bringing showers and thunderstorm threats to Southern Manitoba. It will likely be more pleasant than not, though, and our late-arriving summer will certainly continue!
The dewpoint is often a good measure of what overnight lows will be as the temperature will often – but not always – dip just a couple degrees below it. When the dew point is high, such as the upper teens or low 20’s, often the temperature will only approach the dew point temperature, not dip below it. ↩
A dryline is similar conceptually to a warm or cold front, but instead of being warmer or colder on one side of the front, it’s more humid ahead of the dryline and substantially drier behind it. ↩
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