Record highs across several Canadian cities. Will it last?
Saturday, March 12, 2016, 7:33 PM - Much of southern Ontario and Quebec are basking in the warmth and sunny skies, courtesy of high pressure and a southwesterly flow.
As of Saturday afternoon, Toronto has broken a temperature record. The city hit 17oC, knocking out the previous record of 16.3oC set in 2006. It's a stark contrast to this day in 1948, when Toronto set a record low of minus 21.7oC.
Meanwhile, Thunder Bay broke a century old record. The city hit 15oC Saturday, knocking out 10.6oC from 1910.
It seems Ontario isn't the only province soaking up the mild conditions. A strong southerly flow is helping to bump up temperatures in the southern Prairies.
Record highs in the Prairies
- Medicine Hat, Alberta at 19oC beats previous record of 18.5oC in 2007
- Winnipeg, Manitoba at 11oC beats previous record of 9.7oC in 2012
- Regina, Saskatchewan at 12oC beats previous record of 11.3oC in 1992
While it's looking like a great start to March Break, these conditions will be short-lived in southern Ontario as winds shift to a more northeasterly direction for Sunday. Temperatures will drop to the single digits with rain in the forecast for the Greater Toronto Area, beginning late afternoon and lasting well into the evening.
Meanwhile, the mild air lingers over the Prairies with a chance of a passing shower for southern Manitoba Sunday afternoon.
Here's a look at how some Canadians are enjoying the warm weather.
1st barefoot day in #Canada! Sign of #Spring @weathernetwork pic.twitter.com/oIZQiFc0B3— Tricia Bell (@TBell_TWN) March 12, 2016
Happy to start the new 2016 golf season. Golfers enjoying the weather @CarruthersCreek @weathernetwork pic.twitter.com/vPZmsc6qKQ— CarruthersCreekGolf (@CarruthersCreek) March 12, 2016
Maybe we're pushing it a bit... @weathernetwork pic.twitter.com/J10Cpa1H7t— Thomas Russell (@ThomasR0120) March 12, 2016
2 years ago, never take weather for granted in #Canada :) @weathernetwork pic.twitter.com/Jdvr3lv1U1— Peter Basl (@peterbasl) March 12, 2016
Two years ago March 12 this was my car. Today? Not a flake in sight & a high of 16C. #HamOnt @weathernetwork pic.twitter.com/LkTYD3PAZw— Kim MacDonald (@KMacTWN) March 12, 2016
17C high today & a beautiful dawn ❤️ @citymississauga @weathernetwork @POTUS #citycentre #portcredit #getoutthere pic.twitter.com/wOtbJKp2ws— JenWynne (@Jenwynne1) March 12, 2016
Spectacular sunrise in #PortCredit in #Mississauga to kick off March Break! @weathernetwork @portcreditdotca pic.twitter.com/PBp36HokxG— Helen Filipe (@helenfilipe) March 12, 2016
Sooo warm today at blue #toronto pic.twitter.com/Psiq8uRTpy— Sarah Thomson (@ThomsonTO) March 12, 2016
You know it's #spring in #Toronto when the #NationalHomeShow and #CanadaBlooms is on. I love the flowers & gardens! pic.twitter.com/eLIrvUhq0K— Jackie Burnham (@Jackie_Burnham) March 12, 2016
First balcony coffee of 2016. Loving this early spring, #Mimico # Toronto pic.twitter.com/rjifFjIRu6— Lynda MacGibbon (@LyndaMacGibbon) March 12, 2016
Spring is in the air. #Toronto pic.twitter.com/krQaZ5a3Qo— David Gratzer (@DavidGratzer) March 12, 2016
Spring has officially arrived in the city of Toronto. pic.twitter.com/Cz9H6OuuQx— Lindsey Reeder (@reederreads) March 12, 2016
Our spring mallards have returned to the backyard pool #toronto #ysw #humberriver #trca pic.twitter.com/grj6WGJ8dD— Denison Denizen (@LaurieMace) March 12, 2016
@Lyndsay_CTV @weathernetwork Spring is finally showing its colours. Taken at Great Falls in Waterdown. pic.twitter.com/VET1p4PWy4— Justin Engel (@jengel83) March 12, 2016