Manitoba’s climate is characterized by warm, sunny summers, and cold but bright winters.  Noon temperatures in July and August average 25 degrees Celsius, and daytime temperatures in the winter normally stay below the freezing point.  The high number of sunny days is typical of the Canadian Prairies, including Southern Manitoba which experiences around 2350 hours of sunshine annually.  More than half of the annual precipitation (averaging 504 mm per year) occurs during summer, often in short and heavy showers, and usually overnight.  The average annual cumulative snowfall is between 42 and 50 inches.