Thunder Bay Faces Chilly Thursday with a Warm Weekend Ahead

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Thunder Bay – NetNewsLedger Weather Desk – Thunder Bay residents are waking up to a brisk -23°C this morning under clear skies, feeling even colder due to the 75% humidity and light winds from the west-northwest at 3 km/h, bringing the wind chill down to -25°C.

The rising barometric pressure, now at 102.9 kPa, signals changing weather conditions as the city prepares for a warmer weekend.

Prime Minister Trudeau is in the city today for a housing announcement and a $1500 a plate fundraising dinner for 45 Liberal supporters.

Today: A Bright Start with Increasing Clouds

The day begins sunny in Thunder Bay, with cloudiness set to increase as the morning progresses. Light winds will pick up to 15 km/h, pushing today’s high to -11°C.

The morning wind chill of -30°C will slightly improve to -14°C in the afternoon, but the risk of frostbite remains a concern. The UV index stays low at 2, indicating minimal sun exposure.

Tonight: Cloudy Skies with a Temperature Rise

The evening will see mainly cloudy skies, which will clear after midnight. Winds will continue at up to 15 km/h, and temperatures are expected to rise to -5°C by morning, offering a slight reprieve from the day’s cold.

Wind chill values will range from -16°C in the evening to -9°C overnight.

Extended Forecast: A Surprising Turn to Warmer Days

Friday marks the beginning of a surprising weather shift, with sunny skies and south winds at 20 km/h in the morning.

The temperature will soar to a high of +6°C, a significant change from the preceding days, although the morning will start with a wind chill of -9°C. The UV index remains at 2.

The weekend continues the trend towards warmer weather, with Saturday’s forecast predicting cloudy skies and a high of 7°C. The night brings a 60 percent chance of snow with a low of -4°C. Sunday will see cloudy skies again, with a 60 percent chance of showers and a high of +1°C, dipping to a low of zero at night.

Precautions and Recommendations

  • Frostbite Awareness: With significant morning chill, it’s crucial to dress warmly, covering all exposed skin to prevent frostbite.
  • Weekend Weather: The unexpected warm spell offers an opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities, but remain prepared for sudden weather changes, particularly on Sunday with chances of showers.
  • Pet Care: Ensure pets are protected from the cold mornings, and as the weather warms, keep them hydrated and safe during outdoor activities.

Weather Trivia:

Thunder Bay’s geographical location by Lake Superior can lead to rapid and unpredictable weather changes, especially during the transition seasons. The lake’s influence can create microclimates, leading to warmer conditions even when surrounding areas are significantly colder.


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