Cold weather here for ‘long haul’, but heavy Manitoba snow has some positives: climatologist – Winnipeg | The Canadian News

The extremely cold weather that has been haunting Manitoba for the past few days is going nowhere, according to a senior climatologist at Environment and Climate Change Canada.

David Phillips told 680 CJOB that Manitobans should be on the “long haul” in the bitter cold – they are expected to sit between -40 and -50 during the next few nights in the icy wind.

“On Monday, it was -10 C in Winnipeg. That’s three degrees warmer than normal, and then of course yesterday – wow.

“That was a really cold day, the coldest of winter, but that will be surpassed by today, where you will see highs 13 degrees cooler than you normally expect.”

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Phillips said the January forecast looks colder than normal – with hopefully some nice days there too – but Manitoba is just the latest province to experience extreme weather in recent days.

“You shouldn’t feel like you’ve been really brutalized like people in Alberta, Saskatchewan and parts of British Columbia,” he said.

“Now we have extreme weather alerts for five provinces and one territory.

“The cold is so thick and so dense that it is difficult to expel it, it is difficult to displace it, like a sumo wrestler. It is immovable. “

With extreme cold expected to last the remainder of 2021, officials are warning Manitobaans to limit the amount of time they spend outdoors.

Signs that your body is too cold include shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain, and numbness or discoloration of the skin.

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In more positive news, the recent snow dump is a step in the right direction when it comes to the province’s fight against drought, Phillips said.

Rainfall in recent months has accounted for about 50 millimeters of Manitoba’s moisture deficit, which he estimates at about 140 millimeters in total.

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“Every little snowflake is good news, and when you look at the year, I am always aware of that deficit, how much we have had to make up, actually, the last three months have been a blessing for the ranchers. and farmers and anyone who wants that humidity.

“You are going in the right direction. I said earlier that it needs a monsoon, and it is not going to have a monsoon, to correct that deficit, but we are moving in the right direction. “

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