Forecast: Hot and humid weather to continue

This issue’s map shows the amount of precipitation that fell during the 14-day period ending June 24. It’s a tale of dry conditions over western Manitoba, while eastern regions were very wet. Looking at the bigger picture, much of Alberta saw a lot of rain, along with north-central Saskatchewan, where upward of 75 mm fell.

Last week’s forecast was a little more on track, with the prediction of hot and humid air; only problem was, the heat and humidity moved in a little earlier than expected.

This forecast period is looking very much like the dog days of summer: plenty of sunshine, lots of heat and a fair bit of humidity. All of this combined will make for good lazing-around weather, but bad working weather, unless of course you like heat and humidity.

When we look at the weather models, the overall weather pattern shows our weather coming out of the southwest. This usually means warm but also unsettled weather. For this forecast period, we will definitely see the heat, but it doesn’t look like things will be too unstable. There will be several areas of weak low and high pressure affecting our region. The trouble with weak systems is that the timing of each system is very difficult to figure out.

With that in mind, we should expect to see an area of low pressure move through every couple of days. Each of these systems will bring partly cloudy skies along with the chance of showers and thundershowers. With all the heat and humidity around, the odd severe thunderstorm cannot be ruled out. There does not look to be much fluctuation in temperatures, with daytime highs ranging from the upper 20s to low 30s and overnight lows dropping only into the mid- to upper teens on most nights, at or above the usual temperature range for this time of the year.

Looking further ahead, the hot humid weather looks to stick around right through until at least the middle of July.

Usual temperature range for this period: Highs, 21 to 30 C; lows, 9 to 16 C.

About the author

Co-operator contributor

Daniel Bezte

Daniel Bezte is a teacher by profession with a BA (Hon.) in geography, specializing in climatology, from the U of W. He operates a computerized weather station near Birds Hill Park.



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