Today will be one for the record books as a push of unseasonably mild air spreads across the Prairies into southern Manitoba. A brisk southwest flow will send temperatures well above the freezing mark, with afternoon highs expected in the +5 to +8c range over much of southern MB, some 20C above normal for early January (normal highs of -13C). The warmest area is expected in the western RRV from Portage through Carman to Morden/Winkler/Gretna areas where a lack of snow and a favourable downslope wind will likely push temperatures to the 10C mark this afternoon. In fact , these areas are already at a phenomenal +6C as of 8 am! Numerous record highs are likely today, with the possibility that some localities in southern MB may establish all time January highs today. In Winnipeg, today's record high of +4.3C in 1984 will easily be surpassed.. with the possibility that we may exceed the all time warmest January day ever in the city of +7.8C set back on Jan 23 1942.
All time January high temperatures include..
Winnipeg.......+ 7.8C ..... Jan 23 1942
Portage .........+11.1C .... Jan 23 1942
Brandon ........ + 8.3C .... Jan 21 2001
Dauphin ........ +9.6C ..... Jan 11 1986
Will today be Winnipeg's warmest January day ever since records began in 1872? Be sure to get outside today to find out the answer!
UPDATE: YWG's official high today was +6.7C.. easily a record high for the day, but 1.1C shy of the all time January high. (see video of today's mild weather) Temperatures in the RRV climbed into double digits just south and west of Winnipeg (see 3 pm WxBug temperature plot and MB ag-wx mesonet summary) Other highs today included..
Melita ......... 11.9C
Gretna ........ 11.5C
Carman ...... 11.4C
Morden ...... 11.4C
Emerson ..... 11.1C
Portage ....... 10.3C
Dauphin ...... 9.0C
Brandon ...... 7.3C
Further south in North Dakota, all time January highs were established in Fargo (13C vs 12C), Minot (16C vs 15C), Williston (14C vs 13C) and Jamestown (13C (tied))