Several record highs were smashed in southern Manitoba today. The unofficial high of 14.4°C in Winnipeg today not only smashes an 85 year old record, but it also makes today the second warmest day on record for so early in the year. The only warmer day prior to March 15 was back in 2000, when we hit an amazing 16.5°C on March 6.
Unofficial records broken so far today:
Location New Record Old Record
Melita 16.3 (7.1 in 2003)
Portage 15.9 (11.1 in 1886)
Gretna 15.1 (10.8 in 2003)
Brandon 14.9 (10.6 in 1910)
Winnipeg 14.4 (11.1 in 1927)
Pilot Mound 14.9 (9.5 in 1999)
Dauphin 13.7 (10.0 in 1914)
Sprague 13.7 (11.5 in 2009)
Fisher Branch 13.2 (9.0 in 1999)
Gimli 12.0 (8.2 in 1986)
Berens River 10.6 (7.9 in 1986)
Total of 11 records so far
Notice how much warmer today was compared to the previous records. Some highs today were as much as 9 degrees warmer than the previous record! Winnipeg surpassed its previous record by 3.3 degrees, while Brandon surpassed theirs by 4.3 degrees.
Now if you thought today was impressive, wait until you see tomorrow's forecast.
With a very strong southerly flow pumping in very warm temperatures tomorrow, and abundant sunshine, many areas in southern Manitoba could reach or surpass the 20 degree mark. If we do in fact reach 20°C here in Winnipeg, it would be the earliest we ever hit 20°C in a year. The old record tomorrow of 12.4C back in 1981 also clearly stands no chance.
Saturday looks a little cooler, although things begin to heat up again Sunday and Monday with temperatures approaching and exceeding the 20C mark. Monday has the potential to be the warmest March day ever in Winnipeg, with the previous record of 23.3°C in potential jeopardy. Some models even show the potential for some thunderstorms around that time, although confidence in that is still uncertain at this point. Stay tuned for updates on the storm potential.