Mild Weather Breaks Record, Colder Temps. Return

By Brian Schultz

Record value temperatures for December 26 in Winnipeg. (ENVIRONMENT CANADA)

Winnipeg has had it quite easy weather-wise for the past few days, and now Mother Nature is beginning to retaliate.

After breaking a record Monday for the warmest Boxing Day ever at 5.1°C (old record was 2.8°C in 1956) — the city is in store for a one-day cold snap. Environment Canada is calling for a high of -11°C today with sunny skies. Overnight temperatures dropped to -18°C.

The good news is that we’re in for a reprieve on Wednesday, where the high is predicted to be -3°C — still a far cry for what is considered normal this time of year of -12°C for a daytime high.

The downside to the warmer than seasonal temperatures has been a delay in winter activities around the city. Many skating rinks, toboggan hills and cross country trails are out of commission until it cools down for several days in a row. On Monday, Winnipeg police warned of thin ice on rivers and retention ponds due to mild temperatures.

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