Summer may still be a little more than a month away, but that hasn't stopped the Prairies from seeing temperatures reflective of the forthcoming season. Temperatures will be quite mild, sitting in the mid- to upper-20s this weekend. However, the unseasonable warmth will be accompanied by the threat for thunderstorms this weekend, possibly severe in some areas. While the storms may bring some heavy downpours, the rainfall will be hit-and-miss and not everyone will see the beneficial precipitation. Beyond, the heat will be turned up a notch -- with the region seeing a fair shot at experiencing the first 30-degree daytime highs in Canada this year, possibly breaking records. For a closer look, see below.
WEEKEND: RISING TEMPERATURES BRINGS RISK FOR THUNDERSTORMS, CHANCE FOR MORE BENEFICIAL RAIN
A boundary draped across the central Prairies will allow for some instability to blanket the southern region Saturday, especially in Manitoba. Temps in the mid-20s will bring the chance for scattered thunderstorms to develop in the afternoon.
The risk for thunderstorms will be widespread Saturday, though mostly in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, with some spillover into eastern Alberta and northwestern Ontario. Southern Manitoba, including Winnipeg, may see storms reach severe criteria -- carrying threats of large hail and heavy rain.
The potential for thunderstorms will pop up again on Sunday, but will be more sporadic than on Saturday. Areas that could see them will be southern Manitoba and northwestern Ontario with a weak cold front, as well as the northern foothills in Alberta. Any storms that do fire up will be non-severe, however, but may still bring heavy rain and small hail.
Temperatures, meanwhile, will be quite warm and will continue to rise through the weekend. Sunday will bring much of the same temperatures as on Saturday, even nudging up a couple degrees.
By early next week, there's even a chance parts of the region may hit 30°C, which would be Canada's first shot at that threshold this year.
BEYOND: POTENTIAL RECORD-BREAKING HEAT BEFORE IT RELAXES, SOUTHERN AREAS REMAIN DRY
Come Monday, all three Prairie provinces will be fighting to reach the 30-degree mark for the first time in 2021. Some areas such as Prince Albert and Brandon will likely see their warmest day since August 2020.
The heat will relax during the second half of the week, with temperatures taking a considerable drop in Alberta, but they will remain above seasonal for southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
"Unfortunately, southern areas will remain very dry through the middle of next week," says Dr. Doug Gillham, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
The warmth will accompany moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, bringing some much-needed moisture to the eastern Prairies later in the week. This will fuel a late-week system across the region.
Be sure to check back for the latest updates on the warming temperatures and drought conditions across the Prairies.