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What with being a wildly original Weather Column, we do our best to deliver informative and educational forecasts without resorting to tired clichés.

You might say we avoid clichés like the plague (that's a joke for all you English majors). That said -- drum roll please -- we have some good news and some bad news for you today.

The bad news is it's going to be a little bit colder than normal.

The good news is -- another drum roll please -- it isn't going to snow.

If you think it doesn't snow in Manitoba in June, then you need to listen to what my buddy Dale Marciski from Environment Canada shared with me Friday morning.

"We're not going to get any snow like they did Thursday in Churchill," Dale promised. "Churchill probably got 10 centimetres. It started Thursday morning and lasted until mid-afternoon. It looked like a winter's day in Churchill.

"People's decks and barbecues were covered in snow. This morning (Friday morning) Churchill was -1 C. That isn't that unusual for northern Manitoba. It's certainly not record-breaking in any way."

What you need to know is the cooler air that brought snow up north is going to filter down our way this weekend, without any of the white stuff in tow.

"That (snow) is not happening for us," Dale continued, breathing what I assumed was a sigh of relief. "But we are getting cooler air coming down across the Prairies. You're not going to see temperatures in the 20s this weekend. They'll be in the high teens for the most part. People will probably be wearing sweaters."

The outlook for today calls for mostly sunny skies with a pleasant high of 19 C, which is four entire degrees below the normal high of 23 C at this point in June.

While the temperature should hang in at 19 C on Sunday, a weak trough of low pressure is going to swing across the province, bringing some clouds and a 60 per cent chance of showers. The mercury should start creeping up towards normal the rest of the week.

The best news is the forecast also calls for a 100 per cent chance of having way too many fun activities to choose from this weekend. While I personally will be sucking in my stomach at my 40-year high school reunion, you guys can unwind at a wide selection of festivals.

For starters, head down to The Forks today and Sunday to release your inner child (or your actual child) at the annual Winnipeg International Children's Festival. We're talking some of the world's finest children's entertainers, including Manitoba's Fred Penner, Al Simmons and Jake Chenier.

On Sunday, Kidsfest is holding its first ever Last Chance to Dance Like There's Ants in Your Pants Dance Party at Scotiabank Stage. Gate prices are $16 or $56 for a 4FlexFest pass. You can save on the gate prices by getting advance tickets at local Safeway outlets. Find more info at www.kidsfest.ca.

Ever wondered what happened to peace, love and understanding? You can find out this weekend at the first ever Real Love Summer Fest, a brand new music festival being staged at Gimli Motorsports Park featuring 27 of Manitoba's best genre-spanning bands, including Surprise Party, Zrada, Animal Teeth, Odanah and more.

A weekend pass for Real Love is $20, a Saturday day pass is $15 and a Sunday day pass is $5. Camping is available at no extra charge and tickets are available at the door. Find more at www.reallovewpg.com/summerfest/.

If those aren't enough festivals, you can also check out the annual Hi Neighbour Festival in Transcona, with fireworks slated for tonight at Buhler Recreational Park, and the Winnipeg Spoken Word Festival featuring hardcore poetry that will wallop you upside your brain, even if it doesn't rhyme.

Speaking of peace and love, you can help make the world a better place today by heading to Grant Park Mall for the annual Grands 'n' More Winnipeg Grandmothers-to-Grandmothers Mall Walk in support of African grandmothers caring for their AIDS-orphaned grandchildren. Registration ($5 for participants over 12) starts at 10 a.m. and the walk begins at 11. Donations of new or slightly used shoes and boots for men, women and children are being accepted on behalf of local homeless shelters.

If your kids happen to have fur, paws and tails, pop them in the car Sunday and head to St. Norbert Community Centre for the Manitoba Pet Expo, featuring all things pet-related, including vendors, rescue groups and crafts.

And if you happen to hear a mysterious noise in my neighbourhood, don't worry; it's just me letting my stomach muscles relax at my high school reunion.

doug.speirs@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 7, 2014 B5

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