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Storm system set to sweep through today

Storm clouds on the horizon are reflected in flood water in a field on Grand Valley Road west of Brandon as a severe thunderstorm begins to roll in last weekend.

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Storm clouds on the horizon are reflected in flood water in a field on Grand Valley Road west of Brandon as a severe thunderstorm begins to roll in last weekend.

Brace yourself — although the day looks delightful now, Environment Canada is warning of some wicked weather to come.

In a special weather statement issued this morning that covers the entire southern part of the province, forecasters warn of a fast-moving cold front that's expected to sweep away the sunny skies sometime this afternoon.

That has since been upgraded to a severe thunderstorm watch.

Gusty winds can be expected as the front moves through this afternoon, with potentially damaging wind gusts possible with any thunderstorms that develop along the front. People are advised to prepare for strong, gusty winds to develop this afternoon.

In general, gusts of 60–70 km/h are expected, but the cold front will push a line of potentially severe thunderstorms through southern Manitoba that may bring local wind gusts of 100 km/h, large hail, and brief but intense rainfall.

The cold front and line of thunderstorms will pass south of the province by evening.

Aside from storm possibilities, today's high should reach 23ºC, with a UV Index of 6, which is lower than recently but still considered high.

Skies will clear rapidly this evening and winds diminish as the front moves into the United States. Overnight, temperatures will drop to a low of 9ºC.

Tomorrow should start off sunny, but a mix of sun and cloud will develop in the afternoon. A cool day is in store tomorrow, with a high of just 19ºC, northerly winds at 30 km/h, and a 40 per cent chance of showers in the evening.

Monday will see a mix of sun and cloud, with a lingering chill. The daytime high will be 21ºC.

But heat begins to return later in the week. Sunny skies are predicted for Tuesday through Friday, with temperatures shooting up from 23ºC on Tuesday to 28–30ºC for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The normal high for this time of year is 25ºC. The normal low is 12ºC.

The hottest it's ever been on this date was in 1968, when temperatures hit 32.2ºC. The coldest ever was in 1993, when they dipped to 3.3ºC.

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