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September heat wave breaks records in Manitoba communities

Warm, dry weather is setting records - and allowing farmers to get their crops off the fields - in Manitoba. Submitted by L. Wiebe / Global News

WINNIPEG – New temperature records in seven Manitoba communities were set Thursday, in one instance surpassing the old record by more than four degrees.

The warmth continues and more records are expected to fall Friday, Environment Canada forecasters say.

New records were set in Brandon, Melita, Swan River, Dauphin, Fisher Branch, Thompson and Island Lake, Environment Canada reported in preliminary figures on its website.

Winnipeg’s temperature reached 27.7 C, well short of the record 31.1 C set at the Richardson International Airport in 1950. Manitoba’s capital will likely miss the record again Friday with a forecast high of 28 C, well short of the record 31.7 C set in 1952.

Melita’s high of 31.8 C shattered the previous record of 27.3 C, set in 2009. Records for Melita only date back to 1993.

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Records for Dauphin date back to 1891, and the high of 33.3 C there also far surpassed the previous record, the 30 C the mercury reached in 1950.

Brandon, Manitoba’s second-largest city, also far exceeded its old record – it reached 34 C, well above the 31.1 C reached on Sept. 25 in 1950. Brandon just missed being the Canadian hot spot — Estevan, Sask., beat Brandon with a temperature of 34.3 C.

While the province has been enjoying warm September weather, the forecast for the north reminds Manitobans of the coming season. Snow accumulations of 5 to 10 centimetres are expected Saturday in northwestern Manitoba.

Here are the new records, previous records with year they were set, and how far back records go for the seven communities where records were broken:

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