Warm & Unsettled Weather

The weather over the next couple days will be two things: warmer than normal for this time of year and somewhat unsettled. While no major rain-makers are expected, a couple rounds of showers will make for some damper spells. Fortunately, daytime highs near 20°C will be above the seasonal 17°C through the weekend!

Friday
22°C / 12°C
Mixed skies; chance of showers or thunderstorms

Saturday
20°C / 10°C
Mixed skies; chance of showers or thunderstorms

Sunday
20°C / 10°C
Mainly sunny

Today will bring mixed skies to Winnipeg as a broad trough of low pressure works its way across the province. There will be a slight chance of showers this morning if any of the overnight activity manages to linger on and/or push far enough north, however nothing significant is expected. We’ll see mixed skies heading into the afternoon with a high near 22°C with winds tapering off to light.

The RDPS is forecasting a line of thunderstorms along the advancing cold front this afternoon.
The RDPS is forecasting a line of thunderstorms along the advancing cold front this afternoon.

Later in the afternoon the threat of showers or thunderstorms returns as a weak cold front begins slumping southwards. Severe weather doesn’t look likely, although if stronger thunderstorms manage to develop some marginally severe hail could be a possibility.[1]

Skies will clear out a bit in the evening and we’ll be left with partly cloudy skies on our way to a low of around 12°C.

Saturday will start off with just a few clouds around. We’ll warm up to around 20°C for an afternoon high with winds gradually increasing out of the west-northwest to around 20–30km/h. By mid-to-late afternoon the threat for shower or thunderstorm activity will increase as a shortwave sliding down in the northwest flow aloft begins triggering activity over Parkland Manitoba and the Interlake. That activity will slide southeastwards through the afternoon into the evening with scattered showers or thunderstorms looking fairly likely.

This map of a feature called vorticity – essentially a measure of spin – shows a potent shortwave moving across Southern Manitoba on Saturday afternoon.
This map of a feature called vorticity – essentially a measure of spin – shows a potent shortwave moving across Southern Manitoba on Saturday afternoon.

Some thunderstorms may be surprisingly strong given the relatively meagre convective indices for the day. The key will be the favourable storm-relative winds in place. Suitable turning will be in place that it’s possible — not necessarily likely, but possible — for an isolated supercell or two to develop with strong winds and large hail being the primary threats.

Skies will clear out on Saturday night as we drop to around 10°C.

Sunday will be a nice day with not a whole lot to say about it! A ridge of high pressure moving into the province will bring clear skies and relatively warm temperatures with a high near 20°C. The temperature on Sunday night will drop to around 10°C.


  1. Environment Canada considers severe hail to be 20mm or larger in diameter.  ↩
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 received a B.Sc. in Earth Sciences with Specialization in Atmospheric Sciences and is currently employed in the field of meteorology.

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