2010 ended up as the warmest year on record in Canada since national records began in 1948, according to the latest climate bulletin released from Environment Canada. On a national basis, 2010 finished with a mean annual temperature that was 3.0C above normal, surpassing the previous warmest year of 1998 which was 2.5C above normal (normal as defined by 1951-80 average - see table of ranked years) The bulk of the warmth over the past year has largely been concentrated over the Arctic, especially the eastern Arctic which has seen some exceptionally warm weather for 14 consecutive months now. In particular, Iqaluit on Baffin Island finished with its warmest December on record, a phenomenal 14C above normal, capping off its warmest year ever recorded. 5 of the top 10 warmest years in Canada have occured in the past decade.
Precipitation wise.. the country ranked near normal for precipitaion in 2010, posting a national average that was just 0.4% above normal. The notable exception however was over the Prairies, which recorded its wettest year on record (since 1948), beating the previous wettest year of 1951. (see regional precipitation table)
In Winnipeg, 2010 ended up as the second wettest year of all time (722 mm total precip) , as well as the 8th warmest year on record (annual mean temperature of +4.1C, about 1.5C above normal) Records in Winnipeg began in 1872.