Sweltering Heat Moves Into Manitoba

The coming days will be marked by a rare late-summer heat wave that will see hot and humid conditions moving into the Red River Valley, sending humidex values soaring towards the low 40’s. The hot weather will be relatively short-lived, though, as a cold front moving into the region on Friday will send temperatures back towards seasonal values alongside a returning chance for showers or thunderstorms.

Today and tomorrow will both be swelteringly hot days with daytime high temperatures in the low 30’s throughout Winnipeg & the Red River Valley. Humidity will increase dramatically this morning as temperatures begin to warm and the boundary layer deepens and taps into a significantly more humid air mass that’s moved in aloft overnight. By mid-to-late morning, dewpoint values will have climbed into the high teens or low 20’s across the Red River Valley. Combining the high dewpoints with the hot daytime high temperatures, humidex values in the upper 30’s to low 40’s are expected. Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Winnipeg as well as many other areas across Southern Manitoba including the southwestern corner, Red River Valley, and southeastern Manitoba. Thursday will be slightly warmer and more humid than today is as both the temperature and dewpoint are expected to climb another degree or two higher.

RDPS Forecast Humidex valid the afternoon of Thursday September 3, 2015
The RDPS is forecasting a large swath of humidex values over 40°C (orange) in Manitoba on Thursday afternoon.

With such substantial humidity in place, overnight lows both tonight and tomorrow night will be quite warm, bottoming out near the 20°C mark. Additionally, expect just slightly breezy winds out of the south.

Friday will bring increasing cloud through the day as a cold front approaches from the west. Temperatures should manage to climb into the upper 20’s before the cloud cover cuts off our daytime heating. At this point, it looks quite likely that a large are of showers and thunderstorms will work their way across the Red River Valley through the afternoon. Severe thunderstorm potential looks minimal at this time, but we’ll keep an eye out and issue and outlook if it seems like it might pose more of a threat. Temperatures will cool down into the mid-teens on Friday night with clearing skies.


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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