Summer Arrives!

Southern Manitoba is set to bathe in summer-time warmth as temperatures soar well above normal.

A broad upper-level trough developing over the Rocky Mountains will combine with a strengthened sub-tropical ridge over the southeastern United States to produce a southerly flow that will bring substantially warmer air to our region. As well as the warmer temperatures, humidity will become more noticeable heading into the weekend as higher dew point temperatures are advected northwards into the region. With the warmer weather will also come the potential for some shower or thunderstorm activity across much of Southern Manitoba.

25°C / 16°C
Mainly sunny. A little breezy.

30°C / 17°C
Cloudy periods with a slight chance of showers or thundershowers. Windy and warm.

24°C / 14°C
Chance of a morning shower or thunderstorm.


Today will be a very pleasant day. Under a mainly sunny sky, the temperature will climb to near 25°C as a southerly wind at 20-30km/h provides just enough of a breeze to keep things comfortable. The humidity will be more prominent than it’s been so far this year, but it will still be quite comfortable with dew point values climbing to around 15°C.

Heading into the night, temperatures will drop to about 16°C with variable cloudiness through the overnight hours with a slight chance of some shower .


Tomorrow will start with a fair amount of mid-level instability riding ahead a warm front pushing eastwards. This will present itself with a slight risk for showers or thunderstorms through the early morning. Afterwards, we’ll see cloudy periods with fairly windy conditions with a southerly wind at around 30-40km/h. Very warm air will work in aloft, driving our daytime high up to 29 or 30°C. In addition to the warmer air, the southerly winds will also advect more humid air northward with the dew point climbing towards 17 or 18°C which will start to make it feel a little sticky outside.

Temperatures of 30°C or greater (dark green) are expected across much of Manitoba on Saturday.
Temperatures of 30°C or greater (dark green) are expected across much of Manitoba on Saturday.

As everything heats up, there will be a potential for thunderstorms, but there will be little in the way of a threat for severe storms. If we quickly look at the ingredients required for thunderstorms:

  • Moisture: Dew points will climb into the mid-to-upper teens, through a suitably deep layer, and be supportive of storm generation. The dew points are on the low side for the atmospheric thermal profile which will result in relatively high-based storms.
  • Instability: Deep instability will be present. Mid-levels are fairly unstable, and low-levels will destabilize fairly dramatically by mid-afternoon thanks to intense surface heating driving temperatures towards 30°C.
  • Shear: This is where things fall apart. While the low-level winds will provide favourable inflow into the storm bases, winds will be very slack through the mid-levels. This will dramatically impact the ability for storms to organize and will limit their potential growth.
  • Trigger: Triggers for storm generation look fairly weak. The synoptic triggers look to remain outside our region; the warm front will be in Central Manitoba, the cold front will be hanging back through Central Saskatchewan and the main warm sector trough also will trail back into southeastern Saskatchewan. The intense surface heating will likely produce many mesoscale triggers, especially along significant terrain such as the western escarpment of the Red River Valley and the Riding Mountains.

As a result, we’ll see the potential through much of Southern Manitoba for thunderstorms, however they’ll likely be short-lived, high based storms whose main threat will be strong winds or large hail.

It’s likely that rain with embedded thunderstorms will develop in North Dakota on Saturday night and lift northeastwards into Southern Manitoba, bringing the risk of rain and thunderstorms to somewhere in Southern Manitoba through the overnight period into Sunday morning. The areas that will see the risk will depend highly on exactly where the precipitation develops in North Dakota.

Temperatures will remain quite mild Saturday night with the overnight low bottoming out at only around 17°C.


Sunday will be the most organized day for precipitation of the weekend. The system bringing the warmer air to the province will push off to the East through the day, dragging a cold front across the province. Widespread showers and thundershowers will be associated with the cold front as it pushes eastwards, and as a result showery weather is likely. It’s a little early for too much detail, but it seems like the chance for precipitation will start around mid-to-late morning and taper off by late afternoon.

The temperature will climb to around 23 or 24°C before the cold front swings through. Things will clear up by Sunday evening and we’ll see a beautiful night with a low near 14°C.

UPDATE: An updated look at Sunday’s weather is available in the comments section below.

Next Week

Next week looks to continue the warmth with highs in the mid-20’s, but by mid-week it looks like unsettled weather will return to Southern Manitoba and bring multiple days with chances for showers or thunderstorms. It seems like we’ll lock into seasonal to above seasonal temperatures, so get out and enjoy the summer weather that we’ve all waited so long to see!


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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