Are you ready for spring?

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Spring has sprung!

Join the rest of Manitoba in a collective sigh of relief that winter is finally drawing to a close.

Spring in Manitoba starts around mid or late March and ends in May or mid-June. This year (2024), spring officially began on March 19th. From temperatures of about -22.8 °C to 12.7°C, it now goes up to a comfortable 11.8 °C to 24.8 °C.

Signs of Spring

This much awaited season is here when you see these signs:

  1. The days begin to last longer and the nights, shorter.
  2. Did you just hear birds chirping? Yes, they are back. In fact, all the other animals are back. Rabbits and squirrels are darting around in your backyard. Also, geese and other fowl have gone back to their usual haunts around the city.
  3. Places start to look greener as trees and plants begin to grow their leaves back.
  4. Flowers are starting to bloom!
  5. More fruits and vegetables are available at grocery stores and farmer’s markets.
  6. There is less snow on the road and in your backyard.
  7. There are April showers every now and then.
  8. More joggers and bikers are outside.

Spring is the best time for . . .

Actually, many things! But it is especially a great time to venture outdoors. Here are a few other suggestions:

  1. Family outings – Spring break is coming as well as Easter. This means more time with your kids. It’s a good thing that there are so many indoor and outdoor family activities in Manitoba during this season. Enjoy Easter egg hunts, festivals, and various spring break activities in museums and parks. Of course, you can keep it simple by enjoying a leisurely walk in your neighborhood as a bonding moment with your family. Download the Leisure Guide for more ideas for family activities this spring.
  2. Barbecues! – As soon as the temperature changes to plus instead of minus, you will start smelling that all familiar aroma of barbecued meat in your neighborhood. Hosting a simple family barbecue or a get- together with friends is a great way to celebrate the end of winter and to welcome spring and summer.
  3. Building your immunity – Unfortunately, spring also ushers in allergy season. The biggest cause of this is pollen, which is released by trees and plants into the air to fertilize other plants. This can cause runny nose, itchy eye and sneezing. Consult your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms. They can prescribe antihistamines or other medicines to ease your allergies. Meanwhile, you can prevent pollen from reaching you by keeping your doors and windows closed, using an air purifier, cleaning your air filters, and dusting/vacuuming at least twice a week (use a mask when you do this). Check allergy forecasts from Accuweather and pollen forecasts from The Weather Network before you leave the house.
  4. Spring cleaning – Mold and mildew may have collected in damp places in your house during winter. Start cleaning your bathrooms, kitchen, laundry area and the basement. Clear out backyard space for your patio furniture, barbecue grill and other accessories. If you’re done with your winter coat and boots, store them properly for the next season.
  5. Prepare for summer – Get your sunblock, flip-flops, and shorts ready! Even though there will be days when you can’t wear them yet, it’s good to be prepared. At least you can now store your winter jacket and wear a lighter one. Getting your summer clothes ready can also remind you to get your body ready. Spring is the best time to start an outdoor exercise regimen. This may mean longer walks outside or jogging.

Enjoy spring!
Article updated March 19, 2024.

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