April 1, 2010 — The promise of a hot start to the long weekend is driving people to Ontario cottage country.
Cottagers from the Greater Toronto Area are escaping the city in droves to enjoy temperatures in the mid- twenties this Easter long weekend.
With so many extra drivers on the roads, the Ontario Provincial Police will be out in full force looking for people who are speeding, driving while impaired, or not wearing seatbelts.
'Because of the above normal temperatures that we're going to be seeing over the next couple of days, a lot of people are going to be heading to their cottages for the first time. So we're anticipating that the highways are going to be busy,' says O.P.P. Sgt. Dave Woodford.
'We have to be out there. We have to be ready for this. We want to make sure everybody's safe.'
The O.P.P. usually beefs up summertime enforcement on the roads beginning on the Victoria Day long weekend every May 24. But the above seasonal weather this spring means the O.P.P. isn't waiting for the summer to have a long weekend blitz this year.
The potentially record-breaking weather has caught drivers so off-guard that many are still driving with winter tires.
Although spring can sometimes bring a final blast of winter, that is not likely to be the case this year.
'You could always see a centimetre or two of snow even into May. But the risk of a major winter storm is all but gone,' says Weather Network meteorologist Rob Davis.
Now is the best time to change your tires, says Silvana Aceto, a spokesperson for the Canadian Automobile Association.
'The roads are clear and we’re heading into double digit temperatures so there is no reason to delay. It’s time to take off the winter tires,' she says.
For more details about what the weather will be like over the long weekend in southern Ontario, tune into the Weather Network on TV. Your local forecast comes up on the 10s.