Heat Builds in for the Weekend

An upper ridge building into the eastern Prairies will bring hot conditions to southern Manitoba this weekend.

RDPS 2m Temperature Forecast valid 21Z Sunday July 2, 2023RDPS 2m Dew Point Temperature Forecast valid 21Z Sunday July 2, 2023
Sunday will bring the warmest weather of the next few days as hot temperatures and high humidity build into the region.

Seasonably warm conditions will build into southern Manitoba over the next few days with daytime highs climbing towards the 30 °C mark. In Winnipeg, today will bring mainly sunny skies that give way to some cloud in the afternoon while a ridge of high pressure brings sunny skies for Saturday.

Temperatures both days will climb into the upper 20s. Humidity levels will be comfortable in the mid- teens both days. For those heading out to enjoy Canada Day ???????? on Saturday, it will be a beautiful day to spend time outdoors!

On Sunday, the heat will really arrive as temperatures climb into the low 30s with increasing humidity. By the late afternoon, dew point values could reach as high as 20 °C, which would make it feel more like the upper 30s.

On Sunday afternoon, a warm-sector trough — typically an area of lower pressure near the middle of a large area of warmer air — will begin pushing across southern Manitoba. This feature will be an area of concern for severe thunderstorm development later on Sunday.

The thunderstorm potential will be significant on Sunday thanks to ample heat and humidity at the surface and relatively cool temperatures aloft. MLCAPE values could exceed 2,000 J/kg in an environment with 20 to 30 knots of 0–6 km bulk shear. Veering wind profiles would support supercell structures, but moderate westerly forcing along the line would likely support upscale growth into the evening hours. Capping will be marginal — 700 mb temperatures are forecast to be around 9 °C — so there is uncertainty with where the southern end of the line would develop. Wind profiles aren’t overly backed at the surface, so this setup wouldn’t likely produce a widespread tornado threat. If a thunderstorm was able to tap into all the available energy, though, an isolated tornado threat could develop. More likely, these thunderstorms would be capable of severe hail and torrential rainfall.

The details of this could change between now and Sunday, but at this point it looks like Sunday will be the hottest day of the next few and bring an organized severe weather risk to the region for late in the day.

Long Range Outlook

A weak cold front will push through Sunday night easing the humidity across the region.

Through the start of next week, temperatures should sit closer to seasonal values with variable cloudiness as cooler air moves in under a slow-moving upper trough that moves into the region. Some showers could be possible, but right now it looks like the start of the week will be mostly dry for Winnipeg.

Today’s seasonal daytime high in Winnipeg is 25 °C while the seasonal overnight low is 13 °C.


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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