Yesterday's high of +6.7C at Winnipeg airport was Winnipeg's third warmest January day on record, tied with the 6.7C on Jan 22 1942. Only 2 January days have been warmer than yesterday in Winnipeg.. Jan 11 1986 at 7.3C, and Jan 23 1942 at 7.8C. Official temperature records in Winnipeg began in 1872.
How close did Winnipeg airport get to setting an all time January high yesterday? Temperatures up to 8C were recorded just outside the Perimeter in Headingley and St Norbert, with 9C in Sanford and Starbuck, 10C in Brunkild, and 11c in Sperling and Elm Creek. (See CWB mesonet temperature plot image above for 3 pm temperatures yesterday, as well as MB ag-wx mesonet summary) My station in SW Winnipeg registered a high of +7.4C, while the Forks hit +7.6C. So the airport was literally just 10 miles away from all time high status. Regardless, a spectacular January day (if you're not crazy about cold weather).