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Winnipeg: hottest year ever?


Temperature records have been shattered in Winnipeg this year
Temperature records have been shattered in Winnipeg this year

Staff writers

August 9, 2012 — It hasn't been this warm in the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba in 140 years. The Weather Network takes a look at the weather over the last 12 months.

This summer has been a scorcher in the city
This summer has been a scorcher in the city

Winnipeg, Manitoba has been exceptionally warm over the last year.

In fact, the 12-month period from August 2011 to July 2012 was the warmest in the city’s record.

"That’s quite the record, considering temperature records go as far back as 1872," says Rob Davis, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "The city’s previous 12-month record was between December 1877 and November 1878."

In order to achieve such a record, both the summer and winter months must be well above seasonal. This year, they certainly were.

"This past winter was one of Winnipeg’s warmest ever," Davis explains. "Both December 2011 and January 2012 were both one of the top 10 warmest of their respective months on record."

And it didn't stop there. The remarkable heat experienced during March 2012 through most of eastern North America was felt in Winnipeg as well.

"It was the hottest March ever recorded in the city’s history," Davis says. "April, May, June and July were warmer than normal, too."

Summer has also been sweltering in the city. This past July was the 5th hottest on record, with 14 days above 30C. In a typical July, Winnipeg would  only see 4 days of 30C or more.

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