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City warms to spring's delayed arrival

Winter's back broken by double-digit temps

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STOP us if you've heard this before -- spring weather is expected this weekend.

No, really, we mean it this time.

The forecast is fabulous.

Just ask Hudson the polar bear and his pals at the Assinboine Park Zoo.

"Hudson is very active, he has lots of different toys in his enclosure and he just loves to attract a crowd," said Laura Curtis, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy brand and communications manager.

"Our zookeepers say the majority of the animals are really enjoying the sunshine and they're spending a lot of time basking in the sun. Eventually it's going to be too hot, but with the weather we are expecting this weekend, it will be a great time to view the animals."

The Environment Canada forecast is for sunny skies today with a high of 12 C, the first time in more than six months the temperature will hit double digits above zero. There will also be a UV index of six, or high, although it's possible some people have forgotten all about UV indexes.

Saturday and Sunday will have a mix of sun and cloud, with a glorious high of 15 C on Saturday, while Sunday is expected to bring a high of 15 C.

That's the kind of spring weather that can inspire one to put away the parka, box up the boots and tuck away the toque.

If going for a cruise is your kind of relaxation, they're serving up a taste of summer at the Half Moon Drive In at Lockport.

Owner Wayne McIntosh said warmer weather does get people thinking about ice cream.

"Warm, weather but mainly the sun. When the sun comes out, that's a 30 per cent increase in business for us right there. We love the sun out here," said McIntosh, who is celebrating the Half Moon's 75th anniversary this summer.

"Being a bit of a distance away (from the city), we need the good weather to kick-start people to get in their cars and go for a nice drive."

At The Forks, the river trail is open and dry for leisurely strolls, there's lots of sunny places to sit with your coffee and the Variety Heritage Adventure Park is ready for climbers.

"We're expecting a really great weekend with those temperatures," said Clare MacKay, marketing and communications vice-president for The Forks.

"It (warmer weather) will be fantastic for The Forks. It will bring everybody out and people do love to come to the place where they can experience the river and see the outdoors as well as the indoors."

MacKay said the annual Buskers' Festival is next weekend. There will be over 80 buskers trying out on May 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. and on May 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Centre Court.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 26, 2013 B1

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