Manitoba

Manitoba heat sets 14 records

The scorching heat across Manitoba set 14 new temperature records on Wednesday.
City pools in Winnipeg were packed on Wednesday as people searched for some reprieve from the heat. (CBC)

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More than 30 Manitoba communities had temperatures above 30 C, including Churchill which hit 31.6 C

The scorching heat across Manitoba set 14 new temperature records on Wednesday.

The hot spot in the province was Gillam at 36.4 C.

Winnipeg hit 34.5 C but that was actually far from a record.

On July 11, 1936, the city set its all-time maximum temperature record at 42.2 C.

LOCATION NEW RECORD OLD RECORD (date)
Berens River 33.2 C 32.7 C (1998)
Brandon 32.9 C 32.8 (1957)
Carberry 34.7 C 32.5 (1995)
Carman 33.8 C 31.8 (2006)
Fisher Branch 35 C 31.7 (1998)
Gillam 36.4 C 32.2 (1974)
Grand Rapids 33.3 C 29.1 (2002)
Gretna 33.3 C 31.7 (1957)
Island Lake Airport 33.8 C 31.1 (1974)
McCreary 34.4 C 33 (1995)
Melita 32.3 C 31.3 (1995)
Pinawa 33.9 C 32.5 (1998)
Sprague 32.8 C 30.8 (1998)
Wasagaming 31.8 C

30.8 (1995)

SOURCE: Environment Canada

That happened during the longest and most intense hot spell since records began in 1872, said Environment Canada meteorologist Dale Marciski.

Many other all-time records for other communities in southern Manitoba were also set during the 1936 sizzler, including the hottest temperature ever recorded in the province: 44.4 C at St. Albans (southeast of Brandon).

That mark was matched in Emerson the next day.

Some other  all-time maximum temperature records set on July 11 during the 1936 heat wave:

  • 43.9 C Morden
  • 43.3 C Brandon
  • 43.3 C Virden
  • 43.3 C Waskada
  • 42.8 C Melita
  • 42.8 C Pierson
  • 42.2 C Boissevain
  • 42.2 C Morris
  • 41.7 C Minnedosa
  • 41.1 C Portage

The heat in Manitoba will be punctuated by a few thunderstorms on Thursday, first through southern Manitoba then up into the central regions.

The storms could last into Friday morning but will then give way to sunny, hot skies again in the afternoon and through Saturday and Sunday.