Is it really colder than Mars? The truth about Manitoba weather

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Learn about Manitoba weather

Manitoba weather:

  • Manitoba is known for cold winters.
  • The lowest temperature recorded was -45°C in Feb. 1966.
  • It is also a sunny province with more than 2,000 hours of bright sun each year.
  • But clear skies do not mean warm weather.
  • Strong winds through a flat land can make winter feel colder.

Prepare for Manitoba’s weather:

  1. Check the temperature every day

    • Go to Environment Canada.
    • Check the temperature and wind chill index. It tells you how cold the weather will feel to you.
    • Example: “temperature is -10°C, but feels like -20°C”.

    • Check for extreme cold warnings.
    • Take extra care when there is a warning on.
  2. Know the seasons

    • Fall or autumn is from September to October. Average temperature is between
      -1°C to 9.8°C.
    • Winter is from November to March (-22.8 °C to -12.7 °C).
    • Spring is in April (-3.4°C to 8.9 °C).
    • Summer is from May to August (11.8°C to 24.8°C).
  3. Dress for the weather

    • Wear several garments on top of each other to stay warm.
    • Take off some layers when it gets warmer.

    In winter, you will need:

    • thermal underwear
    • jacket
    • winter coat
    • toque or a hat
    • ear muffs
    • mittens/gloves
    • wool socks
    • boots
    • scarves

    Read How long can I stay outside in extremely cold weather? for more tips on dressing warmly for the season.

  4. Eat well and stay active

    • Eat a good breakfast every day. It will give you energy and keep you warm.
    • Eat fruits and vegetables.
    • Exercise: Walk and jog in summer. Ice skate in winter.
    • Read How to stay active in winter for more tips.
  5. Beat the “Winter Blues”

    • This is when you lack energy. You are sad for no reason.
    • It is caused by long periods of cold weather and lack of sunshine.

    If you feel this way:

    • Do your best to stay active.
    • Exercise to boost your energy.
    • Go outside when you can.
    • Plan activities with your family and friends to cheer you up.
    • Talk to your doctor if you cannot do normal activities.

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Community Resources

Read 5 winter dangers and how to manage them to be prepared for winter hazards.

Learn more about SAD and how to get over it. Read Do you feel SAD? Steps to beat the winter blues.

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