Stretch of severe weather potential, heat persists in eastern Prairies

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The eastern Prairies won’t catch a break from storm risk and extreme heat Friday, with heat warnings in effect for Manitoba and severe thunderstorms possible in the southernmost parts of that province and it’s neighbour Saskatchewan. Beyond, a stormy pattern continues into the weekend. See below for more details.

FRIDAY AND BEYOND: MORE SEVERE RISK, STORMY PATTERN CONTINUES

Thursday saw the nation’s severe weather epicentre once again squarely in southern Manitoba, and indeed severe severe thunderstorm watches and warnings were in effect.

Friday could see another pulse of storms, this time with the severe risk clustered in the most extreme southern parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba just over from the Manitoba border. Severe risk also covers a slice of northwestern Ontario.

Similar to Thursday, storms that do cross the severe threshold will feature heavy rain, strong winds and large hail as hazards.

All this will coincide with still more extreme heat in Manitoba, with heat warnings in effect ahead of temperatures feeling close to 40 with the humidity.

Parts of Alberta are also in line for some thunderstorm risk from a lingering low-pressure system, though the chance for severe is low.

Beyond, the Prairies will remain in a stormy pattern through the weekend, with the potential for strong severe storms across southern areas of Saskatchewan and Manitoba Saturday and the latter region on Sunday.

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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