The calendar may read December, but the temperature is comparable to something you might see in the spring in Regina.
With the mercury reading above or near the freezing mark instead of well below zero, many people are getting the chance to extend their favourite outdoor activities for a little bit longer while remaining comfortable before winter weather truly arrives.
“It’s been the greatest fall ever. It’s been lovely,” said Stephanie Mehlsen, out walking with her baby around Wascana Lake. “We’d probably be a little more homebound if it wasn’t so nice.”
Chloe Crosbie joined Mehlsen on her walk. Crosbie revealed she’s not originally from Canada and she’s trying to get used to the country’s winter. However, she doesn’t have to worry about the stereotypical Canadian harsh cold on this day. Instead, Crosbie is greeted by unseasonable warmth.
“These paths are lovely for walking around. We’re hoping to go hiking and snowshoeing around the Lumsden valley.”
Mehlsen considers herself a runner and frequently finds a reason to be near Wascana Lake taking part in some sort of activity outside. She insisted she usually doesn’t see as many people out and about at this time of the year. But it wasn’t hard to spot runners on Tuesday.
Those like Ingrid Currie took full advantage of being able to exercise outside without having to wear a facemask and while having sturdy footing on iceless paths.
“Absolutely glorious. It’s like a fall day with a little crispness to it,” she described. “My dog loves it too so it’s a perfect match.”
Currie is part of a group that runs outside all year long. Normally, she can hardly see since her eyes are usually glazed over with frost.
As mild as the weather is for this time of year, and while it allows some activities to continue, at the same time it prevents other activities from going ahead.
“The one downfall to the nice weather is normally I’d be able to start skiing in the next couple weeks which I might not be able to, which is a bit sad,” Mehlsen laughed.
Environment Canada forecasts highs to be above zero all week.