WINNIPEG – We all know Winnipeg winters are long, but May is the seventh month the city has experienced below seasonal temperatures.
The last time Winnipeg hit above 15 degrees Celsius was on October 11th, where the city hit a high of 20.9. That was 210 days ago.
Will Wiebe is happy to see the sun shining, describing the last seven months with a laugh.
“We’re all like a bunch of hermits, we just live inside and that’s all we do,” he said.
Friday was different. Wiebe, his wife, and two kids were out for a day at Raleigh Park and they weren’t alone. Outdoor play structures filled with kids and people were hitting walking trails with their pets and biking and rollerblading could be seen around the city.
Wiebe said, “It’s the first day we’ve been outside without jackets on.”
The same was seen at Assiniboine park, were kids were having a ball sliding down the slides.
“Oh it’s so beautiful finally. A little chilly with the wind but it’s sunny and we are out and it feels great,” said one Winnipegger.
Another resident said Friday, she planned to spend the day outdoors. “I’m taking my dog for a walk and then I’m going to garden, tend the flower beds.”
Lawn care companies are also happy to see the sun shining. After below seasonal weather since the start of spring, businesses are looking to rebound from the cold, drawn out winter.
“We’re about three weeks behind, maybe even four weeks behind. Two years ago, we’d be finish by now,” said Terry Roth, owner of Reliable Lawn Care.
Unfortunately, the warmer weather is not expected to continue.
The below seasonal trend we have seen the past seven months, is set to return Sunday. But until the temperatures drop, many families across Winnipeg said they will be outside, running, walking, playing and soaking up the sun.