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Prairie temperatures rebounding


The mountains tower over Kananaskis Lakes, Alberta. Courtesy Jack.
The mountains tower over Kananaskis Lakes, Alberta. Courtesy Jack.

Lisa Varano, staff writer

August 17, 2010 — The Prairie provinces are feeling cool as temperatures have fallen to the chilly teens, but temperatures will start to rebound on Wednesday.

The thunderstorm risk should end by late Tuesday.
The thunderstorm risk should end by late Tuesday.

Temperatures were in the teens across the Prairies on Tuesday, an unusually cool summer day.

“The Prairies are under a trough, which is lowering temperatures fairly significantly from seasonal. Certain areas are also seeing cloud cover with rain and thunderstorms, and that is suppressing temperatures even more,” says Rob Davis, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

But the cool conditions will give way to hot and humid weather as the week goes on. A ridge will sweep eastward and the sun will come out to warm things up. Alberta will heat up -- and be at risk of storms -- on Wednesday, and the warmup in Saskatchewan and Manitoba will later follow.

There was as risk of thunderstorms on the B.C.-Alberta border and southern Manitoba on Tuesday night, but the storms were not expected to be widely severe this time.

A ridge will move eastward later this week.
A ridge will move eastward later this week.

There was also a risk of non-severe thunderstorms in Alberta on Monday, but by the late evening, the storms turned severe in Edmonton, and packed strong wind gusts.

The Prairies have been hammered this summer by severe thunderstorms. Just last week, funnel clouds were spotted in Saskatchewan and heavy rain drenched Manitoba.

Farmers in the Prairies have struggled this summer as rounds of heavy rain have destroyed crops. Livestock producers in Manitoba appealed for immediate government aid this week.

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