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Prep for more frigid temps in Westman, forecaster says

Westman has been hit hard with below-normal temperatures throughout the month of December, setting new records. Despite the cold weather, many Brandonites continue with their regular routines including a daily visit to the dog park. Keeghan Kaluzniak tosses the ball for her dog, Whiskey, on a cold afternoon at the East End dog park on Saturday.

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Westman has been hit hard with below-normal temperatures throughout the month of December, setting new records. Despite the cold weather, many Brandonites continue with their regular routines including a daily visit to the dog park. Keeghan Kaluzniak tosses the ball for her dog, Whiskey, on a cold afternoon at the East End dog park on Saturday.

Here today, gone tomorrow.

Enjoy the balmy weather while it lasts because the temperatures are going to slide back down into frigid numbers by the end of the week.

Today will reach a high of -2 C and low of -9 C, but the fun stops there as it will become increasingly cool for the rest of the week.

Today will see a mix of sun and cloud with a slight chance of snow in the afternoon with 30 km/h winds gusting to 50 km/h.

According to data from Environment Canada, this December is shaping up to be one of the coldest of the millennium.

The mean temperature for December so far is -20.4 C with an average high of just -17 C — that’s coming very close to the mean temperature of -22.6 C in 2000 and an average high of -16.8 C.

Sandy Massey, an Environment Canada meteorologist out of Winnipeg said the last time it was above -10 C in Brandon was on Dec. 2.

"There was an almost two-week stretch of below-normal temperatures, but we didn’t actually break records," Massey said.

"It was an Arctic ridge that brought a lot of cold temperatures into the Prairies and really just sat over southern Manitoba."

A big westerly flow off the Pacific is bringing the nice temperatures today and tomorrow, but a northerly flow will return the cold climes.

» gbruce@brandonsun.com

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 16, 2013

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