A building ridge of high pressure in the upper atmosphere over western Canada will bring sunshine and increasingly hot temperatures this week over the Prairies.. especially over southern Alberta and Saskatchewan. Temperatures are expected to hit the 30 degree mark today and soar into the mid to upper 30s by mid to late week. In fact, it's possible that some areas of southeastern Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan may hit the 40 degree mark by Friday. (watch out for Val Marie, SK on Friday.. they could hit 42C if the models are right..)
Southern MB will not be quite as hot as we'll be on the eastern edge of the building heat wave. However, it does look like we'll be hitting the 30 degree mark by the end of the week into the weekend. Most of the week looks dry, although models hint at some instability the next couple of days which could produce isolated pop-up thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Most areas however should remain rain free this week.. a welcome change from the unsettled stormy pattern of the past few weeks.