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I have excellent news for anyone who has been walking around their house completely naked because their air conditioning is on the fritz.

The next few days will be hot, but not nearly as (Reader Alert: Strong language ahead) stinking, jungle-style, fry-eggs-on-the-sidewalk hot as it has been the last few (bad word) days.

What I'm trying to say here is you can take those kitchen sponges out from under your armpits now because we are going to enjoy a break from our mini-heat wave.

Here's what my good buddy Dale Marciski from Environment Canada told me Friday morning: "We have a trough of low pressure coming out of the West that will cross Manitoba this weekend. That will bring some clouds and set off some showers and thundershowers in some areas.

"And it will pull some cooler air down from the north, too. Instead of temperatures in the 30s like we've had the last few days, we'll be slightly below normal for July. It will be a bit cooler and maybe more comfortable for some people. There will be humidity, but not excess humidity."

According to the weather office, it will be mainly cloudy today with a 60 per cent chance of showers in the afternoon and evening with a risk of a thunderstorm and a high of 24 C, a tad below the normal high of 26 C at this point in our summer.

The outlook calls for a mix of sun and cloud Sunday with a high of just 23 C. We should stay below normal until Wednesday, when the mercury will soar back to 29 C before hitting 32 C on Thursday.

While the city has been sizzling recently, it hasn't been record-setting hot. Winnipeg hasn't set any heat records, but a few have fallen in the north, including Thompson, where it hit 33.8 C on July 3, beating the old record of 32.1 C set in 1981.

But the Weather Column does not want to hear anyone grumbling about another damp weekend. As my pal Dale points out: "It's unfortunate it has to rain on a Saturday, but it won't be raining all the time and many areas may escape the rain. You can still get out and do some stuff. Just take an umbrella with you." You heard the man, Winnipeg. Grab your brollies and get outside, possibly for one of several walking tours taking place around the city. For example, the West End BIZ offers fun tours of the area's outdoor mural gallery. To book, call 204-954-7900.

Or take a guided tour of Winnipeg's French Quarter, starting at Old St. Boniface City Hall. For ticket information, visit www.tourismeriel.com or 204-233-8343. For tours of the historic Exchange District, call 204-942-6716.

And speaking of using your feet, Salsa Sundays at The Forks is back every Sunday in July from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Get ready to release your inner Latin, because we're talking great Latin bands, DJs and dance classes.

To get you in the mood, join me right now for a few bars of Buster Poindexter's dance-floor and karaoke classic, Hot! Hot! Hot! which goes a little something like...

"Me mind on fire, me soul on fire/Feelin' hot hot hot/Party people, all around me/Feelin' hot hot hot!"

C'mon, everybody, dance with me... but maybe take those sponges out from under your armpits first!

doug.speirs@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 6, 2013 A2

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