April 5, 2010 — It was another warm day across Ontario and Quebec today, even record breaking in some places. Hopefully you got a chance to enjoy it because conditions are set to change.
The first weekend of April was unlike any other in Ontario and Quebec. Record-breaking heat blanketed both provinces -- from the south all the way into the northern parts of the provinces.
On Friday, Ottawa hit a scorching 28.2 degrees, smashing the old record of 16.7. Toronto hit 24 degrees, while Montreal soared to 25. In northern Ontario, Timmins hit a smouldering 29 degrees!
In most places, it was a similar story on Saturday, but things cooled down slightly on Sunday as the winds shifted.
“We had gusty winds whip across Ontario on Saturday night. Toronto recorded a gust of 72km/h, while blasts of up to 96 km/h were recorded in Wiarton,” said Weather Network meteorologist Rob Davis. “The winds then shifted from the south to the west, which brought us slightly cooler temperatures.”
Still, there weren't many people complaining about the conditions. Beaches, parks and boardwalks were packed with people looking to enjoy the weather.
And it was a similar story today.
Residents who decided to extend their Easter holiday enjoyed more record breaking temperatures and sun today. Toronto hit a high of 23 degrees this afternoon, breaking a record set back in 1948. The city tied with Windsor as the hotspot of the entire country.
Hamilton is another city that saw record heat today with temperatures over the 20 degree mark. The warmth continued to hang on in northern Ontario as well with record highs being felt in Sudbury.
Most residents used any excuse to get out today and enjoy the summer-like conditions. And it's a good thing they did. The rest of the week isn't looking too promising right now.
“We're looking at showers all day tomorrow, along with an unsettled day on Wednesday,” explains Davis. There's a chance for some thunderstorms across the region as well tomorrow. “Temperatures will also be dipping back to seasonal throughout the week,” says Davis.
And get this -- some of those cities in northern Ontario that neared the 30 degree mark over the weekend could be seeing snow as early as Wednesday.
For more details on what you can expect this week, make sure you tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your National and Regional forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.