After Friday tornado warnings, Prairie storm risk lingers into the weekend

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A sharp temperature divide between east and west, and a stormy weather pattern, will continue into the weekend, after the work week was capped off with a spate of tornado warnings in southern Saskatchewan. Manitoba once again swelters, Alberta remains below seasonal, and severe storm risk is featured both Saturday and Sunday, though less on the latter day. What to expect, below.

SATURDAY/SUNDAY: SEVERE WEATHER POTENTIAL SHIFTS

The Prairies seem locked into the same pattern for several days now: Very hot in Manitoba, below-seasonal for Alberta, and some severe thunderstorm risk for part of the region — strongest in the east.

Friday was no different, with Manitoba once again the trouble spot, and some storms there may even be ongoing through the overnight hours into northwestern Ontario.

For Saturday, the chance of non-severe storms is widespread, with severe risk centred once again in southern Manitoba, while also stretching through a large area of Saskatchewan into eastern Alberta.

Temperatures will remain hot and sticky in Manitoba Saturday, with humidity increasing in Saskatchewan. Daytime highs in both provinces will approach the 30s, while the humidity will make it feel like the low- to mid-30s.

There’ll be little change Sunday, though storm risk returns once again for parts of the region, if somewhat drawn back from Saturday.

BEYOND: STILL MORE SHOWERS AND STORMS

Beyond the weekend, conditions will improve Monday, but another system will bring showers and thunderstorms across the southern Prairies Tuesday and Wednesday. The cool pattern continues across Alberta through at least July 10, but watching the potential for somewhat warmer weather between then and the 15th.

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