Sunday, May 10th 2020, 2:51 pm - It was a tale of two seasons in Canada this weekend: Winter-like conditions plagued the East while parts of the West enjoyed summer-like heat, including 30-degree temperatures.
There certainly was two seasons at both ends of the country this weekend, none of them were spring-like, coincidentally. Parts of the West basked in record-breaking summer-like heat, while some of the East dealt with winter-like, record-setting cold, and snow to cap it off.
British Columbia got the head start on summer, with a couple cities hitting 30°C while several others came close, even breaking some daily records, Saturday. Lytton and Pemberton both hit the 30-degree mark, the first municipalities in Canada to do so in 2020.
Ontarians were hit with a late-spring shot of wintry weather, ushering in snow and low temperatures that set nine new daily records Saturday, courtesy of a polar vortex stationed over the province.
Further to the east, Atlantic Canada was hit with a significant weekend storm, bringing 100+ km/h winds, heavy snow and rain.
THE EAST GETS WINTRY BLAST, INCLUDING RECORD COLD
Residents in Ontario were treated to early-morning wind chills in the 5°C to -10°C range Saturday, along with snow, even graupel.
In addition to setting a new daily record, Toronto's low of -4.7°C was its second-coldest May temperature on record. There were eight other daily records broken in the province – Windsor, Hamilton, Welland, Kitchener-Waterloo, Wiarton, Trenton, Peterborough and Ottawa.
On Friday, several northern Ontario communities established new monthly lows.
Clearly, these conditions in May upset a lot of residents, so many of them took to social media to post their photos, videos and complaints.
Dear @weathernetwork. It's May the 9th. Cut it out! https://t.co/JbzhGIjMhDChris Hadfield on Twitter
This is not happening. That is all. @weathernetwork #onstorm https://t.co/i0GAXqa4RGMark Robinson on Twitter
It's Saturday May 9th 🥴😬🤔 #snowbodywantedthis #onstorm #sigh https://t.co/pBs4qFqT9TAnnieBodyCaNaDa on Twitter
Crazy weather for May #onstorm in oshawa https://t.co/iMrLYzfQr1Clint VA3KDK on Twitter
😳.....*Re-checks the calendar* ..... #SaugeenShores waking to a fresh dusting this AM❄️ #ONwxKelly Sonnenburg TWN on Twitter
Spring surprise in #Barrie today. I feel bad for the garden centres that just opened. #ONStorm https://t.co/SQI74A21icRalph Bouwmeester on Twitter
Has anyone seen the receipts for 2020? Midland, Ontario needs to return May 9th for refund. #onstorm #snowinmayJACtweets13🇨🇦 on Twitter
FUN UNDER THE SUN FOR THE WEST
Even though it's hard to resist going outdoors and enjoying the simmering temperatures and sunshine in B.C. Sunday, the City of Vancouver tweeted out a reminder for residents to be mindful of the COVID-19 restrictions while outside.
COVID-19 Need to Know: It's a sunny day Vancouver, please help to protect us all: ✅ Stay home and don't go out unnecessarily ✅ Wash your hands ✅ Avoid crowds, busy parks & beaches during peak hours ✅ Maintain a 2 metre physical distance ✅ Do not gather in groups #COVID19 https://t.co/jthztzUJF8City of Vancouver on Twitter
Meanwhile, scores of residents couldn't resist the heat and took to the beaches this weekend to soak up the sun. Here are some photos and videos posted to social media.
You wouldn't know we're in the midst of pandemic by looking at the crowded #Vancouver beaches today. Let's flatten the curve together. #COVID19Cst Lee Marten on Twitter
Kits beach = the Huntington Beach of B.C. so much for social distancing...let's see how much the numbers go up in a week or two #vancouver #covidbc #kits #kitsbeachLaura LeBlanc on Twitter
Kit's Beach* - 3pm Friday afternoon - A concession was open & I was able to buy a coffee to drink while I watched all the young people with hoola-hoops, doing hand stands, tanning & racing each other to the water! #Vancouver #Vancity #KitsilanoJamie Lewin on Twitter
I'm at Sunset Beach in Vancouver, BC https://t.co/VglS1UGPkTKenny Grant on Twitter
Here are some of the many people enjoying full use of half of the roadway to ride bikes in Vancouver. What a gorgeous Saturday afternoon! Beach Ave, near Sunset Beach, Vancouver BC. https://t.co/8HykBurHmq✧ Lisa ✧ on Twitter
Lovely afternoon #sup enjoying everything local. #SocialDistancing @HelloBC @weathernetworkDenise E on Twitter
B.C. won't remain this warm for much longer, as rain and a noticeable cooldown are moving into the province this coming week.