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If we wanted to compare this weekend's weather forecast to something -- and we do -- we would compare it to Manitoba's legendary licence plates.

We say that because, like the plates on our cars, the weather is looking friendly, a little warped, and slightly rusted around the edges.

OK, it's not a perfect analogy, but we think you get our general weather-related drift. Fortunately, you don't have to take our word for it.

"It's friendly weather for the weekend -- there ya go," is how our pal Dale Marciski from Environment Canada put it when we floated the Friendly Manitoba licence plate analogy on Friday. "It will be slightly cooler for the weekend, but still above normal. It's pretty normal July weather for Manitoba."

Dale pointed out the temperatures will stay above normal most of the week, but it's going to feel a little cooler, because it won't be as (insert very bad word here) humid. On Thursday, for example, the temperature was 31.5 C, but the humidity made it felt like 42 C.

"That's pretty steamy," Dale said, prompting me to describe, in detail, how after winning a bocce game Thursday night, I attempted to console one of the losers with a big moist hug, which prompted her to point at my sweat-stained golf shirt and snort: "Ewwwwwwww!"

Anyway, the point is a change in wind direction is bringing us some drier air. "The humidity will not be in the 40s; it'll be in the low to mid-30s," Dale explained. "It's not super dry, but not nearly as humid."

Today, for instance, the outlook calls for increasing cloudiness in the afternoon and a high of 28 C, still a couple of degrees above the normal high of 26 C at this time of year. On Sunday, we're looking at clear skies and a high of 29 C.

"It's almost perfect weather for doing stuff outside," Dale declared. "You still need to take precautions to avoid sunburn, but it's going to be a nice July weekend."

Well, kids, you heard the man -- almost perfect for going outside! Which means you have no excuse for not taking in the 25th anniversary of the Fringe Festival, with 172 shows in 31 venues until July 29.

Don't forget to get your 94-page Fringe program, and the daily pullouts from this newspaper. Also, if you want to hang with the cool kids, visit the Free Press News Café for the nightly fringe talk show.

While you're soaking up culture, don't forget Dancing on the Avenue on Corydon from 7 to 10 p.m. Or journey through The Forks with a costumed interpreter today or Sunday in 6,000 Years in 60 Minutes: A Fun Historic Walking Tour for All Ages. Call 983-6757 for info on tickets and schedules.

Whatever you decide to do, enjoy the "perfect" weather and do your best to be a Friendly Manitoban. Otherwise, we're taking your (bad word) licence plate back.

doug.speirs@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 21, 2012 A2

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