A wind warning has been issued for Winnipeg and the Red River Valley for later this morning into part of this afternoon. Very strong south winds are expected. They may be sustained up to 60 km/h at times with gusts as high as 80-90 km/h. This will create some blowing dust at times, especially outside city limits where topsoil on fields may be blown around and reduce visibility locally. When out and about, please keep in mind that the fire risk is very high.
It will also be very warm today - possibly record breaking in fact. Highs around 22-25°C are expected. The old record for Winnipeg is 24.1°C in 2006. It will be a close call... There is also the potential of breaking a record high minimum. The minimum of 11.6°C this morning was above the old record high minimum of 10.4°C in 2006 for today. Whether or not we break the record will depend on how quickly we cool this evening, but I think we've got a very good chance of breaking it. Daily lows above 10°C are very rare for this early in the season, having only occurred on this date or earlier 4 times since 1872 (March 19, 2012; April 14, 2010; April 15, 1931 and April 15, 2006).
Enjoy the warmth while it lasts... While it will remain mild for the remainder of the week, models have consistently hinted at a more significant cool down for next week.