The heat on the Prairies will build over the next couple days, but B.C. beat the region to the punch when it reached 30°C on Saturday. The warmth will be accompanied by the chance for more thunderstorms Sunday, but any that do form will be non-severe, and the risk is less prevalent than on Saturday. Similar to Saturday, most areas will not see any rain, which has been in short supply during the ongoing drought. Beyond the weekend, the heat will be turned up a notch – with parts of the region seeing a fair shot at experiencing 30-degree daytime highs for the first time this year, possibly breaking records. For a closer look, see below.
SUNDAY: STORM RISK STILL THERE, BUT CHANCE DIMINISHES
The threat for thunderstorms lingers on Sunday, but will be more sporadic than on Saturday, with the risk area drawn back somewhat. Areas that could see them will be southern Manitoba, Saskatchewan and northwestern Ontario with a weak cold front, as well as the northern foothills in Alberta.
Any storms that do spark will be non-severe, however, but may still bring heavy rain and small hail. Most of the region won't see any rain at all.
Temperatures will continue to be rather warm and well above seasonal Sunday, with daytime highs even nudging up a couple degrees than what they were on Saturday.
MONDAY: POTENTIAL RECORD-BREAKING HEAT, 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. This will be the region's first shot at reaching that threshold this year.
Some areas such as Prince Albert and Brandon will likely see their warmest day since August 2020.
"Unfortunately, southern areas will remain very dry through the middle of next week," says Dr. Doug Gillham, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
LOOK AHEAD: HEAT EASES OFF, NEEDED MOISTURE SEEPS IN
Meanwhile, a boundary across the northern Prairies will bring a dome of showers from northern Alberta to Hudson Bay to start the week.
A system will then develop along this boundary by Tuesday, pulling a pool of cold air into the parts of the region by Wednesday. Parts of Alberta will drop from 30°C on Monday to single digits by Thursday.
However, temperatures will remain above seasonal for southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
In addition to the temperature shift, Gulf moisture will continuously feed into the region through the week. This could bring 20-30 mm of rain across Alberta. However, precipitation will decrease to a few showers as you head east into southern Manitoba.
Be sure to check back for the latest updates on the warming temperatures and drought conditions across the Prairies.