Summerlike temperatures breeze into Manitoba
Summer is blowing into Manitoba about three months early.
CBC weather specialist Marilyn Maki says records will be smashed Friday and Winnipeg could experience 20 C weather, which would mark the first time on record that the city has ever hit that mark so early in March.
The earliest known date that Winnipeg has ever cracked the 20 C mark was on March 23, 1910 when the mercury got up to 22.8 C.
An 85-year-old record fell in Winnipeg on Thursday when the temperature reached 14.4 C, surpassing the old mark of 11.1 C that was set in 1927.
The record for today in Winnipeg is 12.4 C, set in 1981.
Only three times in Manitoba history has the temperature reached at least 20 C:
- March 23, 1910 (22.8 C)
- March 28, 1938 (20.6 C)
- March 27, 1946 (23.3 C)
And it could get even warmer yet. Environment Canada is calling for 26 C in the city on both Sunday and Monday.
A slight cool down is forecast for next week with temperatures hitting highs around 10 C. But even that is far above the normal for this time of year: daytime high of 0 C and an overnight low of –11 C.
Just one week ago, Winnipeggers were excitedly anticipating a high of –4 C after bracing against windchills the previous days that made it feel like –16 C.
They were being advised to take advantage of what would likely be the final days of outdoor skating rinks.
Several Manitoba communities set warm weather records Thursday.
|Location||New record||Old record|
|Brandon||14.9 C||7.1 (1986)|
|Fisher Branch||13.2||7.1 (2010)|
|George Island||5.0||3.5 (1999)|
|Pilot Mound||14.9||8.7 (1999)|
|Shoal Lake||12.3||5.8 (1999)|
|Swan River||7.4||6.9 (2010)|