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You know the weather is truly wonky when Canada's king of climatology suggests heat-seeking Manitobans head NORTH to work on their summer tans. "If you really want it warm, try the Yukon or Nunavut. Their temperatures have been about 12 degrees higher than normal." Indeed, Whitehorse's high of 32 C earlier this week put the northern capital on par with Miami and parts of Spain. Meanwhile, Winnipeg just narrowly escaped being named the summer's weather misery capital of Canada. "It was a toss-up between Winnipeg, Ottawa and Montreal. I was leaning toward Winnipeg because the last time it was warmer than normal there was in November of 2008." (Ottawa took the crown by having the WETTEST JULY IN ITS HISTORY). Not only was Manitoba's spring UNUSUALLY cold and wet, summer seems to be heading in the same direction. They've already had 40 per cent more rain than usually falls in July. Daily highs this time of year should be in the mid-20s, but temperatures have been at least two degrees colder than average. The entire country -- aside from the B.C. Interior, which has hit temperatures in the 40s -- is colder, wetter and darker than normal. Canada's UNUSUAL weather patterns are being caused by a cool jet stream, which typically stays around the northern territories and northern Quebec, but has decided to hang out farther south. Unfortunately, normalcy won't likely be returning for August and September -- at least not to Manitoba.
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