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What with being The Weather Column That Cares, we have decided to kick off our first weekend forecast for June with a poetic offering we hope will warm your squishy hearts and dry your soggy socks.

Get ready to feel warm and fuzzy all over, Winnipeg, because we wrote this one just for you...

"The sky is blue/The sun is gold/But not in this city/Where it's wet and cold!"

There, doesn't that make you feel a lot better about the fact your fully finished basement is currently filling up with raw sewage? I didn't think so. Clearly, what you need is another heartfelt poem, and fortunately I've just written another gem that goes something like this...

"Thinking of you/At this special time/And hoping your brand-new/Sump pump works fine!"

In a better mood now? I didn't think so. But don't despair, Winnipeg, because The Weather Column has some moderately uplifting news that should prevent the will to live from leaking out your damp little ears.

The latest forecast from Environment Canada doesn't contain actual poetry, but it does offer hope we will not have to spend this weekend building an ark or getting neighbourhood animals to line up, two by two.

According to the weather office, we can look forward to three straight days of sunshine, starting today, when we'll bask in clear skies and a high of 14 C, which is a full eight degrees below the normal high of 22 C at this time of year.

On Sunday, we're talking more sun and a high of 15 C. The temperature should creep up during the rest of the week, hitting 21 C by Thursday, but there could be a little more rain in the mix on Tuesday and Wednesday.

As a respected member of the poetry community, the literary point I am trying to make here, Winnipeg, is you need to get outside this weekend and expose your pasty flesh to that glorious golden orb in the sky.

For starters, stroll down to The Forks today and Sunday for the Community Band Festival, featuring six different bands consisting of about 40 amateur musicians playing everything from piccolos to tubas. You'll find more info at www.mbband.org.

And nothing chases away the blues quite like a parade, so make sure to check out the 26th annual Winnipeg Pride Parade, which kicks off Sunday at 11:30 a.m. with a rally at the legislature before winding along downtown streets. There's live entertainment, food and a beer tent at The Forks starting at 1:30.

Speaking of festivals, the Hotel La Broquerie is hosting its second annual Bluesfest today at 2 p.m. (tickets $35), and the annual Back 40 Festival goes from noon to dusk Sunday at the Morden Park Bowl (more info at www.back40folkfest.com).

So let's take advantage of this reprieve from the raindrops, Winnipeg. You might even want to pen your own deeply emotional weather-related poem, just like this one: "Roses are red/Violets are blue/Get your butt outside/Because this last line doesn't rhyme!"

doug.speirs@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 1, 2013 A2

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