We believe our bittersweet feelings about this weekend's weather forecast are best encapsulated by the 1964 mega-hit A Summer Song wherein the folk-rock duo Chad & Jeremy capture the sweet sadness of saying farewell to summer love.
Here is a sample lyric to get you in the proper cheesy mood:
"They say that all good things must end some day/Autumn leaves must fall/But don't you know that it hurts me so/To say goodbye to you/Wish you didn't have to go/No no no no!"
Hopefully, that heart-felt sentiment will cushion the blow of what I am about to tell you -- there are officially only EIGHT DAYS left before summer is gone! We are sorry to blurt it out like that, but it's true. The dreaded autumnal equinox, which signals the end of summer and the first day of fall, arrives in our hemisphere on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 4:44 p.m.
But don't despair, Winnipeg, because even though summer is drawing to a close, it's not officially dead yet. According to Environment Canada, we are looking at another moody Manitoba week with temperatures mostly above normal.
Today, for instance, the outlook calls for clouds with a 30 per cent chance of showers early in the morning, then clearing, with a lovely high of 20 C, two full degrees above the normal high of 18 C at this late-summer time of year.
On Sunday, we're talking nothing but sun and a spot-on normal high of 18 C, but the rest of the week should be in the 23 C to 26 C range, except for Thursday, when we can expect a 60 per cent chance of showers.
And Chad & Jeremy would be delighted to know there is lots of end-of-summer fun on tap this weekend, starting with the annual Dragon Boat Festival at The Forks in support of CancerCare Manitoba and the Children's Hospital Foundation.
The festival will feature more than 2,500 participants racing on the Red River, along with some great entertainment under the canopy. The fun starts today at 8 a.m., with the opening ceremonies at noon. Racing starts at 9 a.m. Sunday. Visit www.fmgdragonboat.com for more info.
What with being a dog lover, we are also urging you to head over to Victoria Jason Park today from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for the second annual Hullaballoo in support of Hull's Haven Border Collie Rescue, which helps all dogs in need. We are talking a bake sale, silent auction, Frodo's sugar shack, demonstrations by the Winnipeg Police Service K9 unit and, of course, "the cutest and most adorable adoptables the world has ever seen." Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.
You will also get a charge out of the Manitoba Electrical Vehicle Association's 3rd annual MEVAfest Electric Car Show in front of the Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park today from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
I think I speak for Chad & Jeremy when I say there will be a lot of memories to keep you warm in the fall. And electric cars, too!