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Record heat sweeps across Manitoba, Ontario


Temperature records were smashed in Manitoba on Wednesday
Temperature records were smashed in Manitoba on Wednesday

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

October 6, 2011 — October heat records were smashed in several Manitoba cities on Wednesday. By Thursday, the records were extending into northern Ontario.

Some of Thursday's record temperatures
Some of Thursday's record temperatures

Wednesday was a day for the record books in parts of Manitoba. In fact, some people experienced their hottest October day ever.

“Temperatures were in the high twenties and low thirties,” says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. “We've got a strong ridge, and that's what's been bringing all that warm air.”

Temperature records were broken in more than a dozen communities across the province. Portage la Prairie hit 33°C, making it the hottest October temperature recorded since records began in 1887. Winnipeg soared to 31.1°C, smashing its October record as well.

In addition to it being warm and sunny, conditions were also quite windy on Wednesday.

“We've got high pressure in Ontario and low pressure over the west. That's creating a tight pressure gradient, and that's why it has been gusty,” explains Vettese.

Lawns were parched in Winnipeg this summer
Lawns were parched in Winnipeg this summer

On Thursday, records were smashed in parts of northern Manitoba. Gillam hit a balmy 26.6°C, while Gimli soared to 27.8°C.

Northern Ontario also broke records Thursday in places like Chapleau, Geraldton and Kenora.

Anyone enjoying the warm weather is in luck for the next couple of days.

“Temperatures will dip back down to seasonal over the weekend, but it won't be cold!” says Vettese.

This past summer was one of Winnipeg's driest on record. Temperatures were also quite warm throughout the season.

For a closer look at the weather forecast across province this weekend, be sure to check the Manitoba Cities Index.

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