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Record warmth in southern Ontario

It's only a matter of time before the flowers are in full bloom.
It's only a matter of time before the flowers are in full bloom.

Jill Colton, staff writer

April 11, 2011 — Spring weather was definitely in full effect across southern Ontario over the weekend -- temperature records were smashed throughout the region.

It was feeling more like June weather over the weekend.
It was feeling more like June weather over the weekend.

Forget spring. Some places in southern Ontario were feeling a little more like summer over the weekend.

The system (from the United States) that generated the severe thunderstorms also brought up a lot warm air, explains Rob Davis, a meteorologist with The Weather Network.

That moist air mass is precisely the reason several temperature records were smashed across the region.

Overall it was a warm weekend for Collingwood and Port Colborne. Both communities managed to set new back to back record highs for both April 9 and 10: Collingwood -- Saturday (18.3C), Sunday (18.2C) Port Colborne -- Saturday (15.4C), Sunday (12.2C).

On Saturday, records were also broken in Mount Forest (16.2C) and Lagoon City (15.7C).

Sunday's records include: Hamilton (24.0C) and Wiarton (21.0C).

Additionally, about 20 reporting stations across the region documented highs of 20 degrees or more.

Although it didn't break a record, Windsor certainly came close enough. The city soared to almost 27C on Sunday making it the hot spot for both Ontario and the country. But that's not all says Davis. With the humidex it was feeling closer to 32.

Even dogs were feeling the heat.
Even dogs were feeling the heat.

As for the Greater Toronto Area, it was certainly feeling more like late spring over the weekend.

On Saturday, temperatures were well above seasonal, along with clear skies and loads of sunshine. For many people it was the ideal spring day -- perfect for playing golf, volleyball or taking a walk by the beach.

The balmy weather will flow into the beginning of the week. We should be seeing temperatures around the 20C mark for Toronto and much of southern Ontario on Monday, assures Davis.

However, the warmer conditions won't last for long.

With the approaching cold front, we'll see temperatures cool down significantly for Tuesday, says Davis.

For more details on what you can expect in the southern Prairies this weekend, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, and sign up to receive weather watches and warnings to your cell phone.

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