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Due to the exceptionally warm temperatures, this is the first time that the Shooters Family Golf center has opened its outdoor practice range.

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The unexpected warm weather that persists in Manitoba is making many residents happy. Others, however, deplore the cancellation of certain outdoor winter recreational activities.

The Shooters Family Golf Center has opened its playing area on Wednesday, on a date which is historically early. Center manager Eason Cerasani hopes the center will stay open until Sunday.

There are a lot of people in shorts. It's rather hot. It's good for business, it's good for people to be outside, it's good for everyone, he says.

Last week, the Northern Manitoba Trappers' Festival in The Pas announced that the World Dog Racing Championship will #x27;would not take place this year.

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The race will not take place this year for security reasons.

Festival president Jennifer Cook says the races had to be canceled because there must be at least 61 cm (2 ft) of snow on the ground for the tracks to be safe for the participants.

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Even if there was a lot of snow, it would not be possible, says- She. They run 33 miles a day for three days, and with mild temperatures and very little snow, both dogs and handlers are at risk of injury.

In Winnipeg, the Iron Man Outdoor Curling Bonspiel, held each winter on the frozen Red River, has been postponed for the first time in its 22-year history.

At La Fourche, all skating surfaces were temporarily closed starting Tuesday.

A Winnipegger, Aylin Fernandez was there Monday with Alicia Torres, who is visiting from Mexico.

I told her it was unusually hot, and she asked me how come it was so hot. It's like summer, actually, says Aylin Fernandez. I really like this temperature, compared to the -30 we had at the beginning of the month, but we wanted to skate.

A record warm January could become the new normal for future generations as mild weather continues to disrupt normal winter activities in Manitoba, an expert says.

2023 was the hottest year on record globally, and it was particularly hot in Canada, says Alex Crawford, assistant professor in the Department of Environment and Geography at the x27;University of Manitoba.

It's an El Niño year, and El Niño years tend to to be warmer than normal in Winnipeg, he adds.

Mr. Crawford believes next winter will likely be cooler, but he warns people that higher temperatures will become more frequent in the long term. He adds that the identity of the City of Winnipeg and the culture around winter activities could also change over time.

With information from Arturo Chang

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