As we slowly transition into summer, forecasting the weather usually gets easier, but so far not this year. The overall pattern for the next week to 10 days looks like it will continue to be active, with two main low-pressure tracks setting up. The first is to our south, across the northern states; the second is to our north, across the northern Prairies. This means there will be plenty of lows tracking around us; just how many will affect us directly is the million-dollar question.
The first low will track by to our south on Wednesday and Thursday and it looks like the most we’ll see from this system will be a few clouds. Temperatures should be fairly mild, with highs expected to be in the 23 to 25 C range. A second low is forecast to track along the northern storm track late this week and into the weekend. Temperatures will continue to warm up ahead of this system, with highs by Friday and Saturday pushing close to 30 C under mostly sunny skies. A warm front pushing through on Friday might trigger a few thunderstorms. This warm front will be followed by a cold front late Saturday or during the day Sunday, bringing with it scattered clouds along with another chance for thunderstorms. Temperatures will cool down a little bit behind the front, with highs on Sunday expected to be in the low to mid-20s.
Skies should clear out by Monday, with weak high pressure building in behind the departing northern low. High temperatures will start out in the low 20s to begin the week, then slowly moderate to the mid-20s during the week under the strong mid-June sun. Looking further ahead, the weather models show the pattern repeating itself as another low tracks along the southern storm track, bringing the chance of thunderstorms back into our region during the second half of next week.
Usual temperature range for this period: Highs, 19 to 28 C; lows, 6 to 14 C.