Another day, another record.. Winnipeg's high of 20.9C today set a new record high for the day, easily smashing the day's previous record high of 14.4C set back in 1910. In fact, the record was broken by 10 am when the temperature at Winnipeg airport was already at 15C. It was the 6th record high in the past 8 days in Winnipeg, one of the longest record breaking warm spells on record. Today also set a new milestone for Winnipeg.. the earliest occurrence of a 20C temperature reading since records began in 1872, beating the former early mark of March 23 1910 when the mercury hit 22.8C. Simply put, it's never been this warm this early in Winnipeg in the past 140 years of weather records.
Cloud cover this afternoon today however prevented the city from reaching the next milestone.. the all time warmest temperature for March, currently a 23.3C reading on March 27 1946. However, it appears that mark may be eclipsed Monday as the warm spell continues for one more day over southern MB. After a record breaking mild night tonight (a low of 14C is forecast which would be the warmest March low on record), balmy south winds and sunshine on Monday should allow temperatures to climb to 25C by early afternoon, which would be the warmest March day on record in Winnipeg. Showers and even some thunderstorms are possible by Monday night as a cold front approaches, heralding the end of this historic March warm spell.