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Record warmth, showers forecast in Ontario

Frosty braces for showers and warmer temperatures in Rolphton, ON
Frosty braces for showers and warmer temperatures in Rolphton, ON

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

February 17, 2011 — Cities in Ontario could hit record temperature highs today. Some may even climb into the double digits. However, there will also be some rain showers to contend with.

Showers and light rain forecast Thursday - Friday
Showers and light rain forecast Thursday - Friday

You could call it a fling with spring.

Temperatures are rising across the province of Ontario, and they could make their way into the record books. A daytime high of 8C is forecast for the city of Toronto this afternoon. The record temperature for this day is 7.4C, which was set in 1984.

By Friday, temperatures could climb even higher. In the morning hours, some cities could hit the 10C mark.

But while people in the area loosen their scarves and break out the spring jackets, they may also want to keep their umbrellas close by.

We have a system from the Prairies set to sweep across the province, and it will bring some showers to southern Ontario Thursday and into Friday, says Elena Grigorenko, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. We're looking at less than 5 mm of rain for the Greater Toronto Area.

There was also some patchy freezing rain Thursday morning; which made for yet another day of slick driving conditions in the GTA.

In northwestern Ontario, Wednesday's temperatures were record breaking. Thunder Bay, Kenora, Sault Ste. Marie and Geraldton all set new daytime highs, ranging from 6.6°C - 7.6°C.

The Rideau Canal Skateway has been closed due to poor ice conditions
The Rideau Canal Skateway has been closed due to poor ice conditions

While the warm-up is being welcomed by many, Conservation Authorities are keeping a close eye on water levels. Ice conditions are expected to change rapidly and may become extremely dangerous for outdoor enthusiasts.

In the city of Ottawa, officials have closed the Rideau Canal Skateway due to rising temperatures and poor ice conditions. The skateway will remain closed until further notice.

Earlier this week, a swing in temperatures helped trigger a round of melting snow, followed by some flash freezing. And now, as we move into the weekend, another swing in temperatures is forecast.

By Saturday, temperatures will be back down around the freezing mark in southern Ontario, but feeling well below with the windchill, says Grigorenko. By Monday of next week, it could be feeling like -17 in the city of Toroto once again.

To stay up-to-date on weather conditions in your area, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where your Regional Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

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