As we creep up on the beginning of June, we are reminded of our favorite bedtime story from back when we were just a little column -- Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
For you hip, young people, this is a story wherein a juvenile delinquent with long, blond hair breaks into a house belonging to a family of bears, then proceeds to wreak havoc by eating their breakfast.
As the story goes, the first bowl of porridge was "too hot," the second bowl was "too cold," but the third bowl was "juuuuuust right," so Goldilocks ate it all up then slept in all their beds and probably left her greasy fingerprints on the bear family's big-screen TV for good measure.
The point I am trying to make is this classic kids' story illustrates what our weather picture will look like this weekend. Just try not to think about Goldilocks when you read this description from my buddy, Dale Marciski, from Environment Canada:
"We're in kind of a flow of milder air coming from the Pacific. We don't have those blasts of cold, Arctic air coming down, and we don't have a blast of hot air from the south.
"For most of Manitoba, it's looking fairly decent for the weekend. Not too hot. Not too cold. It's very close to normal. You could say it's going to be just right."
You see? What did I tell you? Goldilocks, right? For once, however, there is no scary weather system lurking in the neighbourhood, ready to wreak havoc on our weekend.
We're looking at a few clouds today and a high of 23 C, which is one teensy degree above the normal high of 22 C at this time of year. On Sunday, we are looking at sunshine and a high of 24 C.
As we head into the heart of summer, Dale noted May was something of a mixed bag in the wake of the worst winter in a million years. The first three weeks of May were three to four degrees colder than normal, whereas the last 10 days were five to six degrees (even more some days) above normal.
"Our warmest day this month was Saturday the 24th when it was 33 C, which was a record," Dale pointed out. "On Thursday the 29th it was 32.7 C, just under the record of 34.4 C set in 1939. The month will still likely finish a little below normal, but not by much."
Whatever you get up to this weekend, make sure to wear a hat and sunglasses and slap on some sunscreen. "The UV index lately has been quite high," Dale told me. "It's been seven or eight. You can start to sunburn quite quickly. Seven is high, and eight is very high. It's important to remind people because we've gone through a long winter and a cool spring and the sun feels so warm. But you've got to be careful."
So slip into a stylish hat and head down to The Forks today and Sunday for the big two-day outdoor celebration of the annual Pride Winnipeg Festival. There's going to be lots of live entertainment, food vendors, local artisans and icy cold beverages.
On Sunday, the Pride Winnipeg rally starts at 11:30 a.m. at the legislative grounds followed by the spectacular Pride Parade at noon. Then it's back to The Forks for more fun under the sun. The official dance party, In Flight, takes off Sunday night at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre. You can find all the info at www.pridewinnipeg.com.
While you're at The Forks, visit centre court and take a quick stroll through the Giant Colon, which is (we're not kidding here) a 12-metre-long, 2.5-metre-high inflatable multimedia exhibit featuring all the pathologies you can find in a real human colon, except the hemorrhoids are the size of regulation volleyballs.
Speaking of exploring interesting things, this weekend also marks the 11th annual Doors Open Winnipeg, wherein you are allowed to check out some of the city's most fascinating buildings for free. You'll find a printable list of all the buildings at doorsopenwinnipeg.ca, or call 204-942-2663 for more info.
We also recommend you release your inner tree hugger and celebrate our urban forest today from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Arbor Day 2014 festivities in Kildonan Park next to Rainbow Stage. We're talking children's tree climbing as well as zip-line and bucket-truck rides. If you're willing to go out on a limb, this event is for you.
So put on some sunscreen, kids, and have a great weekend outside. If you happen to see Goldilocks, tell her we've changed the (bad word) locks on the front door.