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Extreme Cold Weather Brings a Reminder of Manitoba’s Actual Winter

This winter has been one of the most interesting winters that Manitoba has ever faced. It started with very high temperatures, which surprised and confused many Manitobans. Then a couple of storms hit the province. 

The weather continued to act weirdly warm, which got some of the winter activities companies saying that some activities might have become dangerous to perform due to the above-average temperatures compared to Manitoba’s typical winter.

In the last week, Manitoba has faced a week of frigid temperatures that made it hard for schools to let their students go outside for lunchtime. The temperatures have gotten so cold. Compared to the past two years, Manitoba has never reached a week of freezing temperatures, with the warmest temperature minus twenty and the highest almost minus forty.

Environment Canada warned the citizens of the extreme cold weather, and they mentioned, “Watch for cold-related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes. Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill. If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.”

“My job is to walk some of the students to and from school, and this week has been a very big struggle for the kids and for us, the supervisors. Hopefully, next week the weather will be a bit better. Climate change is really playing its role in the game this year in Manitoba. It’s hard for anyone to decide if this winter is an extraordinary winter or a very cold and icy winter,” said a supervisor in a school in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

– Halla Alhamed, U Multicultural

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of U Multicultural

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