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 to May (-3.4°C to 8.9 °C).
    • Summer is from June 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.
    • Read Do you feel SAD? Steps to beat the winter blues to know more.

Article updated Feb. 2020.

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