The calendar reads the first week of February, but the weekend treated Winnipeggers to spring-like temperatures under sunny skies and a balmy 6°C on Sunday. In fact, Vancouver was holding the same temperature by mid-afternoon. It was even warmer in Pilot Mound, Manitoba at 8.8°C (a new record).
The weekend brought an onslaught of outdoor activities, including the 11th Annual Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel, the always popular cross-country ski trails at the Wildewood Club golf course, and the third annual Mid-Winter Festival.
Now for the bad news — the mercury will dip more than 15 degrees today to -14°C by the afternoon, but not before getting up to -8°C. Environment Canada is calling the sudden drop an abnormal temperature trend, which will continue throughout the week.
We were spoiled over the past few days, as the normal high for this time of year is -10°C. The city will be back into the double minus digits by Thursday when the daytime high is only forecast to be -14°C.
But if you listen to what Manitoba Merv had to say last Thursday, the province is in store for an early spring. It might help to think warm thoughts in the meantime.