Battling the Freeze: Winnipeg’s Deep Winter Chill
Winnipeg – WEATHER – As dawn breaks in Winnipeg, the temperature sits at a bone-chilling -21°C, with the wind chill making it feel like -30°C. Despite the absence of official warnings, the high humidity at 82% exacerbates the cold, making it feel even more piercing. A light snowfall adds a delicate touch to the wintry scene.
Today’s Forecast (January 17)
A mix of sun and cloud is expected, with a 30% chance of light snow continuing through the morning. Winds are shifting to northwest at 20 km/h around noon. The high is expected to reach -16°C, but with the wind chill, it could feel as cold as -31°C in the morning and -25°C in the afternoon. The UV index remains low.
Tonight The sky will partly clear, yet the temperature is set to drop further to -28°C. The wind chill is expected to be -25°C in the evening, plummeting to -37°C overnight, maintaining a consistent risk of frostbite.
January 18 Forecast
Mainly sunny skies will gradually become cloudier in the afternoon. With light winds up to 15 km/h, the high will be around -18°C. However, the morning wind chill is expected to hit -37°C, slightly improving to -27°C in the afternoon. The UV index will stay low.
In these extreme temperatures, dressing in layers is crucial. A thermal base layer, a fleece or wool mid-layer, and a windproof, insulated outer layer are essential. Don’t forget a hat, scarf, insulated gloves, and waterproof, insulated boots to protect against frostbite.
Winnipeg is known for its harsh winters. On February 18, 1966, the city recorded its coldest day ever, with temperatures plummeting to -45°C (-49°F). This historical fact underscores the importance of being prepared for extreme cold in Winnipeg.