The Big Warm-Up Begins; Moist, Gulf Air Mass Incoming

Today marks the beginning of skyrocketing temperatures over Southern Manitoba. Although daytime highs will be cooler again today, plenty of warming will be going on just off the surface, bringing us substantially warmer overnight lows and temperatures soaring into the upper twenties and low thirties by the end of the week.

Thursday Temperatures

Surface temperatures from the GEMREG model valid 00Z Friday (Early evening Thursday).

Winds will pick up out of the southeast today as we move onto the backside of the surface ridge that moved over our region behind the cold front that brought damaging winds to Southern Manitoba on Monday evening. This marks the beginning of a large-scale shift in the upper atmosphere that will rapidly push heat and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico northwards. Temperatures will only climb to around 20°C today, but our overnight low will show evidence of all the warm air moving in aloft by dropping down to only around 13°C, about 10°C warmer than our overnight low last night.

The heat and moisture will begin to build in on Thursday as the warm front lifts north of Winnipeg; our daytime high will push towards the upper twenties and settle around 28°C. This will feel quite different than our 29°C Monday afternoon because of one particular feature: moisture. While dewpoints will stay low today, they’ll begin to increase overnight and through the day on tomorrow, climbing into the low teens by Thursday evening. The heat and moisture will continue to build in for Friday, with daytime highs climbing to near 30°C with dewpoints climbing further into the mid-to-high teens. This will make things on Friday feel positively tropical, with Humidex values in the mid 30’s.

No precipitation is expected today or tomrrow, but as the heat and moisture build in, there’s certainly a chance of showers or thundershowers on Friday and Saturday. The chance for precipitation is elevated for Saturday as there will be additional lift and triggers present in the RRV as a low pressure system pushes through and drags a cold front across S. Manitoba. More on that later in the week.

Get out there and enjoy the summer-like weather! Friday and Saturday will see more cloud, but the higher dewpoints will help keep it feeling nice and warm out.


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 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 Mastodon.

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