Winnipeg, 9 other spots steam through hot weather records

Manitoba smashed through records in 10 locations Saturday.

Hot spot in Canada was Swan River

Izabelle Barry, who will be 3 next month, bites into raspberry cone at BDI Saturday. Winnipeg set a record high yesterday, hitting 33.3 C. (Katie Nicholson/CBC)

Manitoba smashed through records in 10 locations Saturday. 

Environment Canada meteorologist Dan Fulton said Swan River was the highlight, but many other spots were not far behind. 

"The hot spot in the province, and indeed in the entire country was Swan River, which hit 35.4 and that beat the old record of 32.5 which was set way back in 1980. 1980 was quite a warm May also," he said. "Here in Winnipeg we hit 33.3 and that beat our old record of 32.7 which was also set in 1980."

Gimli was next on the list  with a new record of 33.9, breaking through an old record of 31.1 in 1951.

Winnipeg got all the way up to 33.3, breaking the 1980 record of 32.7.

In Gretna, the temperature soared to 32.8, way over the 28.3 record set in 1959.

Other records broken: 

  • Pilot Mound 32.8
  • The Pas 32.7​
  • Sprague 31.9 
  • Lynn Lake 30.3​
  • Melita 30.5 
  • Thompson 30.2 

But the mercury didn't stay where it was for long. 

Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning late yesterday for parts of central Manitoba.
Thunderstorms also rolled through southern Manitoba.

Fulton said the forecast for Sunday calls for more unsettled weather, something people at the annual Teddy Bear picnic at Assiniboine Park should keep in mind. 

"Teddy bear picnic-goers should be prepared for ... rain and some possible, probably some lightning there, too," he said.

"We might see some breaks in the cloud cover, but we're still in that unstable air mass we were in yesterday."