WINNIPEG - Environment Canada says southern Manitoba will continue to have extreme hot and windy weather today, but rain is on the horizon while the northern third of the province faces freezing rain and winter storm warnings.
In Winnipeg, we’ll see a high of 30 under sunny skies, with wind gusting to 60. Grand Rapids was the hottest place in Canada this morning at more than 24 C, but we can expect a high of 28 there today. The first warm spell of the season continues today, and the federal agency warns everyone is at risk for the effects of the heat.
Meanwhile, it’s snowing in Churchill, which will see a high of -3. A cold front is coming in from the arctic region, causing major contrasts in temperature throughout Manitoba. Churchill, Brochet, and Tadoule Lake remain under winter storm warnings; and Environment Canada has now issued freezing rain warnings for Leaf Rapids, Lynn Lake, and Pukatawagan.
That cold front will hit southern Manitoba some time Wednesday afternoon, bringing with it periods of rain throughout the rest of the week, perhaps a slight pause on Saturday, and more rain to kick off next week.
Manitoba could certainly use the moisture, as it experiences one of its worst droughts in history while several wildfires continue to burn northeast of Dauphin, and in the Great Falls, Lake St Martin, and Whiteshell areas. Special air quality statements are in effect for much of southern Manitoba due to smoke from those fires, and details on the various weather statements are available at the Environment Canada website.