Summer's grand finale, temperatures soar into the 30s for the Prairies

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Summer's grand finale, temperatures soar into the 30s for the Prairies
Summer's grand finale, temperatures soar into the 30s for the Prairies

After plunging temperatures, frost advisories and the first mountain snows, the summer season will forcefully push its way back into the Prairies this weekend, delivering a grand finale of mid summer-like temperatures for some. Daytime highs will soar into the upper 20s and lower 30s on Saturday across southern Saskatchewan, with the warmth spreading into Manitoba by Sunday. It will be the perfect opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, ahead of a widespread rain that's set to develop Sunday night, with even the potential for some wet snow in central sections of the eastern Prairies. More on the brief warm-up and how the first days of fall look to shape up, below.

Visit our Complete Guide to Fall 2021 for an in-depth look at the Fall Forecast, tips to plan for it and much more!

THIS WEEKEND: BRIEF SPIKE IN TEMPERATURES MORE TYPICAL OF MID-SUMMER

A late-summer chill brought freezing temperatures to the western Prairies earlier this week, enough to prompt some of the first frost advisories of the season, with snow even falling along the higher elevations of the foothills.

Now, as we enter into the last official weekend of the summer season, things will be looking and feeling a lot more like the heart of the season once again.

The focus of the heat will be across southern Saskatchewan on Saturday, where daytime high temperatures are expected to climb into the low 30s. That's all thanks to a low pressure system tracking eastward across the central Prairies.

"A strong southerly flow within the warm sector will pull temperatures into values more typical of mid-summer," says Nadine Powell, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

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High temperatures across southern and central Saskatchewan could be as much as 10 to 15 degrees above seasonal values. The normal daytime high for the city of Regina for example, is 18Β°C at this time of year.

"With a forecast high of 31Β° for Saturday, this will threaten the daily maximum temperature record of 31.8Β° from 1981," Powell adds.

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The warmth will then spread east across southern Manitoba on Sunday, ahead of a developing system south of the border that threatens a widespread rain for the region into Monday.

The high temperatures in Manitoba will be around the 30-degree mark as well on Sunday, while cooling back to near seasonal values across Saskatchewan.

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Widespread cooler weather is expected again early next week, with another threat for a frost/freeze for parts of the region as we inch closer to the official start of fall on Wednesday.

"A few shots of cold weather are likely early in the season, bringing a heightened risk for an early-season freeze, and an end to a what has been a very difficult growing season," says Dr. Doug Gillham, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "However, we expect that the arrival of consistent cold will be delayed with above normal temperatures expected for December."

Read more on the season ahead in the official 2021 Fall Forecast, here.

Be sure to check back for the latest forecast updates across the Prairies.

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