The livestream has now ended.
With temperatures forecast to hit 30ºC in Brandon for the first time this year — and with Humidex readings higher than 40 in some parts of Westman, we're going to see just what those numbers mean.
The Brandon Sun has put a four kilogram block of ice to sit in the hot sun. We're going to see how long it takes to melt.
The livestreaming originally started at about 3:30 p.m., in a hot car, but things got so hot so fast that the iPhone we were using for livesteaming overheated. (Our digital thermometer quickly soared higher than 49ºC — parents and pet owners, take note.)
We popped the ice block in a cooler and moved it to a private yard, starting the streaming again aournd 5 p.m. Temperatures then were officially given by Environment Canada at 30.2ºC but our digital thermometer marked it as 34.6ºC.
The mercury was expected to keep climbing until at least 7 p.m.
With failing light from a battery-operated LED trouble lamp, livestreaming ended at 12:20 a.m. Temperatures were in the low 20s at the time and there was still a large chunk of ice left.
The ice was gone in the morning.