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Cooling Down While It Heats Up – Winnipeg Free Press

Cooling Down While It Heats Up – Winnipeg Free Press
Cooling Down While It Heats Up – Winnipeg Free Press

High daytime temperatures on Wednesday prompted weather alerts and sent Winnipeg residents scrambling to cool off.

Temperatures are expected to reach 29 degrees Celsius by mid-afternoon as southern Manitoba braces for a heat wave expected to last the region into early next week.

Environment Canada has issued a weather warning to alert the public to prepare for temperatures above seasonal averages, meteorologist Justin Shelley told the Free press.

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Tyrece Viner (left) and Samuel Hezekiah waited less than 10 minutes to enter the St. Vital Outdoor Pool on Wednesday afternoon.

Daytime temperatures are expected to peak at 32C on Thursday and reach a similar peak on Friday. Current forecasts show temperatures will top 20C overnight on both days, Shelley said.

“It’s going to be pretty warm,” he said. “If you factor in the humidity, it’s going to feel closer to 40 C.”

The weekend will bring “a little relief” – particularly on Saturday night, when temperatures will drop to 17 and 18 degrees Celsius respectively – but temperatures will remain above 25 degrees Celsius until next Tuesday, Shelley said.

There is a chance of thunderstorms on Saturday, “as all that heat and humidity builds up,” he said.

Shelley advised the public to pay close attention to weather forecasts and to reduce the chance of heat exhaustion by drinking plenty of fluids and seeking shelter.

Friends Samuel Hezekiah and Tyrece Viner tried to do just that on Wednesday as they waited in line at the outdoor pool at St. Vital.