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Gradual warming in sight

A Bobcat loader was used to clear the snow from the sidewalks at Brandon University on Monday.

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A Bobcat loader was used to clear the snow from the sidewalks at Brandon University on Monday.

Sure, it's cold again today — but it's not that cold. And it's soon to get better.

Environment Canada is calling for a high of -24ºC this afternoon (about the same as yesterday), with a 30 per cent chance of flurries late this morning. Skies will clear this afternoon, and temperatures will once again drop overnight, to a low of -34ºC. But that should be the last we see of the -30s for a while.

Tomorrow should be mainly sunny, with a high of -23ºC, but temperatures should be fairly steady through tomorrow night, as skies cloud over, then rise Thursday to a high of -10ºC.

Brandon will end the week on a high note, with a mix of sun and cloud on Friday and a high of -3ºC.

The weekend looks pleasant as well, with a mix of sun and cloud on Saturday along with a high of -7ºC, followed by sunny skies on Sunday and a high of -11ºC.

At this point, the Monday forecast also calls for a mix of sun and cloud, and a high of -4ºC.

The normal high for this time of year is -12ºC, the normal low is -23ºC.

But if you think today's cold, well, it's been colder. The coldest it's ever been on this date, or any other, was on Jan. 7, 1966, when it hit -45.6ºC — the coldest temperature ever recorded at the Brandon airport since records started being kept there in the early 1940s. And that's temperature, not wind chill.

It's not quite an all-time record. A previous weather station in the city once recorded -46.7ºC, on Feb. 1, 1893.

The warmest ever recorded on a Jan. 7 was in 1963, when it rose to 5ºC.

 

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