If you are anything like the Weather Column, you are most likely wallowing in a post-Halloween pit of despair.
In a sincere and humanitarian effort to help you shake off the blues, we urge you to drop whatever you are doing -- unless it is an extremely hot cup of coffee -- and follow this emergency procedure:
Step 1 -- Take all your leftover Halloween candy and dump it into a large bowl. If, like most Winnipeggers, you had 100 times as much candy as you had trick-or-treaters, you should have enough miniature chocolate bars to feed a medium-sized Scandinavian country;
Step 2 -- Lock yourself AND the bowl of candy in your bathroom;
Step 3 -- Unwrap the tiny chocolate bars and eat them, one by one, until the bowl is empty;
Step 4 -- Lapse into a sugar-induced coma, or begin bouncing off the walls like a tennis ball fired out of a cannon.
OK, now that everyone is in a much brighter mood, let's take a look at the weekend weather, which, in a word, should be "gloomy." The good news is, it will be warmer than normal, with a high of 6 C today, compared with the normal high of just 3 C. On Sunday, we're looking at a high of 8 C, and Monday's high should hang in at 7 C.
The bad news is, if you are looking for the sun, it might take you a while. The outlook for today is a mix of sun and clouds, while Sunday looks to be overcast the entire day. On Monday, there's a 60 per cent chance of showers.
If you have already put away your Halloween costume, pull it out, put it on and head down to the convention centre today and Sunday for Central Canada Comic Con, where you and all the other fanboys can get your geek on. Tickets range from about $12 to $17. If you're really lucky, you'll be able to get a photo taken with special guest Ron Perlman, star of the Hellboy movies and the hit TV series Sons of Anarchy.
If you're more into home renovations than movie stars, check out the Fall Home & Leisure Show today and Sunday at Red River Exhibition Park. You'll find everything you need to turn your dreary home into a, quote, "masterpiece." Best of all, admission and parking are free.
Or pedal down to The Forks Sunday to watch the thrills and spills of the 2013 Manitoba Cyclocross Championships. What we're talking about is a cycling sport that combines road racing with mountain biking, with the riders covering all sorts of terrain and facing obstacles such as stairs and random barriers. The fun runs from about noon to 4 p.m.
Whatever you do, don't forget (and I will now engage the caps lock feature on my keyboard) DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SUNDAY! So set your clocks back one hour before going to bed tonight. With that extra hour of sleep, you will feel refreshed, which is good, because you're going to want to wipe that melted chocolate off your pillowcases.