Summerlike temperatures breeze into Manitoba

Summer is blowing into Manitoba about three months early.
Just a smattering of snow remains around the Assiniboine Park Duck Pond, a week after it was still being used for skating. (CBC)

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.

This was the scene one week ago at the Assiniboine Park Duck Pond rink. (CBC)

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.

March heat

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.   

Record temperatures

Several Manitoba communities set warm weather records Thursday.

Location New record Old record
Brandon 14.9 C 7.1 (1986)
Carberry 15.6 6.4 (2010)
Carman 14.9 10.3 (2003)
Fisher Branch 13.2 7.1 (2010)
George Island 5.0 3.5 (1999)
Gretna 15.1 10.8 (2003)
McCreary 14.4 13.7 (1999)
Melita 16.3 7.1 (2003)
Pilot Mound 14.9 8.7 (1999)
Pinawa 12.5 10.6 (2009)
Roblin 8.8 5.7 (2003)
Shoal Lake 12.3 5.8 (1999)
Sprague 13.7 11.5 (2009)
Swan River 7.4 6.9 (2010)
Wasagaming 11 9.4 (1972)
Winnipeg 14.4 11.1 (1927)