After some extreme cold weather recently, Portage la Prairie gets a bit of a break, as above-average temperatures are coming to the region.
Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologist Terri Lang has been following the systems we'll see throughout the week.
"We do have the jet stream that's now slipped to the north of the region, and that's bringing in the milder air," says Lang. "That's pacific air that's come over the mountains and warmed even more, so it's spreading over all of the Prairies. Looks like we'll have some above freezing temperatures, at least for the next few days, and then recovering a little bit toward seasonal values when the system goes through Wednesday night, into Thursday, and then we get into the more negative values and a little bit closer to average."
Lang says the average high for this time of the year, over the last 30 years, is -8 for the high and -19 for the low. She says it may seem unusual to see temperatures above zero, but it's happened quite a few times in recorded history.
"The record high for today for Portage is 14.4 degrees set in 1886," says Lang. "If we look at the subsequent days, all of the record highs do run above freezing, so we know it's possible to get temperatures above freezing at this time of year."