Smoke from wildfires will continue to cause hazy conditions southern Manitoba Thursday. Environment Canada has ended the Special Air Quality Statement that was in effect. According to the forecaster, conditions should improve later this morning as ground level smoke exits the province into the United States, however, elevated smoke in the form of haze is expected to be present until Friday.
"In the Pembina and Red River Valleys, you could really notice the smoke roll into the region about mid evening Wednesday, after the line of shower activity exited the region associated with that Alberta clipper which moved through the province," said CMOS Accredited Weathercaster Chris Sumner. "Meanwhile, on the temperature side of things, a much cooler airmass has entered the area, with an upper level low pushing that here. We can expect highs barely into the double digits Thursday, topping out between 9 and 11 at best."
Looking ahead to May Long weekend, Sumner noted building high pressure, as well as upper level ridging, will bring a warming trend to Southern Manitoba.
"Highs Friday will rebound to seasonal, around 20 or so, with the general guidance indicating mid 20s for Saturday and Sunday," he said. "As for rain chances over the weekend, there are signs of a couple minor disturbances, Sunday night may see one roll through, but right now it's not looking like a significant chance."