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Mild Christmas expected in city

Temperatures dipped well below freezing on Monday, during which Brandon reached a high of -24 C.

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Temperatures dipped well below freezing on Monday, during which Brandon reached a high of -24 C. (BRUCE BUMSTEAD/BRANDON SUN)

Environment Canada is calling for a mild Christmas — at least, compared to so far this year.

In fact, the forecast for sunny skies and a high of -11 C on Christmas Day is precisely normal for this part of the winter.

It just feels warm, after a string of very cold days that culminated on Monday with a morning low of at least -38.2 C. That’s the coldest temperature recorded in Brandon in almost a decade (it dropped to -38.5 C on Jan. 30, 2004, and -40.1 C two days before that).

Today, of course, is substantially nicer, with a forecast high of -9 C and a bit of snow. Shame about the wind.

The coldest Christmas ever recorded in Brandon was in 1902, when temperatures never got above -28.7 C and the low touched -40 C.

In recent years, the closest we’ve come to that was in 1996, when it was in the -30s almost all day long, with a morning low of -36.5 C and the daytime high struggled to reach -28.5 C.

Mother Nature made up for it a few years later, with the warmest Christmas ever recorded in 1999. A weather station at the airport recorded a daytime high of 6.4 C that Christmas, although a station in the city marked the high at 7.2 C.

The snowiest Christmas ever was in 1942, when 18 cm of the white stuff fell. They only saw one cm of snow in 1964, but after a few storms earlier in the month, there was a record 43 cm of snow on the ground that year for Christmas.

Environment Canada says that Brandon has a 28 per cent chance in any given year of seeing what they call a "perfect Christmas" — meaning two cm or more of snow on the ground, and more falling on Christmas Day.

Weather records go back to 1890 in Brandon, and in all those 123 years, it has never rained on Dec. 25.

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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 24, 2013

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In fact, the forecast for sunny skies and a high of -11 C on Christmas Day is precisely normal for this part of the winter.

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