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Warm weekend ahead for Winnipeg ... but will it be a heat wave?

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Friday, August 16, 2013, 9:57 PM -

Summer has finally returned to parts of Canada.

While warm temperatures are in store for the city of Winnipeg, it doesn't look like temperatures will meet heat wave credentials -- at least not in the city.

Chris Scott, a meteorologist at The Weather Network, says although the term "heat wave" gets thrown around a lot during long stretches of summer heat, a true heat wave must meet certain criteria.

A heat wave is defined as three or more consecutive days with temperatures above 32°C. Quebec has a slightly lower threshold, with a heat wave defined as three or more days with temperatures over 30°C.

These parameters mean actual heat waves are fairly rare, Scott says. “Quite often, we'll get a string of hot days, but one of them has a maximum temperature just under 32°C, which negates the official heat wave,” he explains.

Still, a southerly flow is expected to bring above-seasonal temperatures to the city, and it will get warmer as the weekend progresses.

"The warm weather will last through to next week," explains Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

"While the weather is a bit above average, it's not out of the ordinary for Winnipeg to see weekends like this, especially in August."

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