Churchill, Manitoba’s Polar Bear Alert Program is still reporting many fewer problems with polar bears onshore than it did last year at the same point in the ice-free season (week 5, 7-13 August):
Compare to week five last year (2016), when bears came ashore in excellent condition:
Although it’s been warmer than average recently (25.4 degrees C yesterday, expected to reach 29 degrees C today and 28 degrees C tomorrow), according to Environment Canada weather records, that’s not even close to an August record-breaker temperature for Churchill.
Current conditions and the 7 day forecast for Churchill at 15 August 2017 from Environment Canada:
In 1991, the second week of August saw temperatures 30 degrees or greater two days in a row (August 10-11): on 11 August 1991, it was a sweltering 36.9 degrees C:
Those historical records also show it was 30 degrees C on 12 August 1967, 30.6 degrees C on 14 August 1992, and 31.2 degrees C in 2003.