Driving ranges and garden centres are getting in the swing of spring as warm temperatures continue to set records across Manitoba.
At least 16 new records were set on Tuesday, including a pair that stood for 40 and 48 years.
Winnipeg, which reached 11.7 C was just shy of breaking a 110-year-old record. In 1902, the mercury went up to 12.2 C.
People in Melita enjoyed the warmest weather in the province on Tuesday as the temperature rose to 15.5 C, more than doubling the previous record of 7.1 C, set in 1994.
The forecasted highs for the next several days in southern Manitoba keep getting raised. Double digit temperatures near 20 C are expected in most places, with many reaching upwards of 22 C to even 24 C by the weekend.
Normal temperatures for this time of year in southern Manitoba are a high of –1 C and low of –11 C.
Golfers and gardeners
As Winnipeg's winter continues to melt away, golfers and gardners are getting itchy to get out.
The driving range at Shooters Family Golf Centre on north Main Street opened at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
“With the awesome weather we've been having, we're bumping [the opening] up a week," said pro-shop manager Amy Cerasani, adding they've had many anxious golfers contacting them.
“They've been calling every single day [and] emails from our members and people who come all the time. We've had drop-ins with their clubs, and they're like, 'Just let me go! Just let me go!'”
Other outdoor ranges also opening this week include Hackers and Smackers, and the St. Vital Golf Centre.
Gardeners are also getting ready. At St. Mary's Garden Centre, more people are coming through the doors than normal for this time of yeat, said co-owner Carla Hrycyna.
"With an earlier spring, everyone has this vibrancy to them to want to get into the garden," she said.
"You want to come in and smell that euphoric scent of soil."
Hrycyna says the mild temperatures could cause tulips to sprout earlier than usual as well.
But she is cautioning people to not plant too early because more cold weather could come.
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