Saturday could see record high temperatures during Winterlude before cooling off

The city could be heading for record breaking temperatures this Saturday, with things cooling off as the week progresses.

Environment Canada forecasts that Saturday’s high will be 8 C.

According to the national weather service, the highest recorded temperature for Feb. 10 was 7 C back in 1966. This comes a day after the warmest February 9th on record in Ottawa.

That doesn’t bode well for Winterlude’s second weekend. As of Saturday morning, the Rideau Canal is still closed and Snowflake Kingdom in Gatineau’s Jacques-Cartier Park could be next if the unseasonable temperatures makes the attraction become unsafe, according to officials.

If that doesn’t dampen your enthusiasm for the event, OC Transpo is still offering free Sno-Bus rides.

The evening is expected to be cloudy with rain showers or flurries changing to 30 percent chance of flurries near midnight. Saturday evening’s low is -2 C with a wind chill of -6 C overnight.

Sunday will cool back down a bit with a high of 2 C, a far cry from the 1981 record high of 9 C. Flurries are expected in the evening and into Monday.

Monday will be a high of 0 C and low of -11 overnight.

Environment Canada said it will be mostly cloudy for the rest of the week, except for Tuesday night. Temperatures are expected to drop down to a low of -16 along with more flurries.

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