From uncomfortable heat, the Prairie region is being swept by a cold front that left Alberta downright chilly Tuesday, and is en route to the rest of the region later this week. The cooldown marks the beginning of a pattern that will bring unsettled weather through next week. Beneficial rains are on the way for drought-stricken areas. More on the cooldown and what’s to come, below.
WEDNESDAY: RAIN MOVES EAST, ALBERTA CHILL WEARS OFF A BIT
Southern Alberta will see a slight warmup on Wednesday, though highs will still remain below-seasonal for the middle of August.
Temperatures in the teens will spread over southern Saskatchewan on Wednesday afternoon and begin to filter into Manitoba. Winnipeg, which is still on the warm side of the front, stands to surpass 30°C once again on Wednesday before finally cooling off through late week.
Rain will push into Manitoba from Saskatchewan early Wednesday morning. Thunderstorms are possible across the two provinces, some of which could turn severe. The strongest storms could produce heavy rainfall, strong wind gusts, and large hail.
THURSDAY AND BEYOND: BENEFICIAL RAINS POSSIBLE
We’re tracking the potential for a significant storm on the Prairies toward the end of the week.
A low-pressure system will develop over the northern United States and slide into the eastern Prairies on Thursday and Friday.
The system will bring the potential for widespread heavy rainfall and gusty winds to parts of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and northwestern Ontario.
In some areas of Manitoba and northwestern Ontario, the system may also feature some severe thunderstorms, boosting local rainfall totals.
The upcoming rain could go a long way toward alleviating some of the devastating drought that’s developed on the Prairies this summer.
Check back for the latest conditions across the Prairies.