PHOTOS: Ottawa smashes March temperature records

A busker juggles knives for a crowd gathered in the ByWard Market. Temperatures smashed records with an unseasonably warm 24 C.

You were still much more likely to need sunscreen than snow boots as Ottawa continued to rack up warm-weather records Sunday.

Not only was it the warmest March 18 ever recorded, with temperatures reaching 24 C by 4 p.m., Environment Canada meteorologist Narcera Chergui said it was close to exceeding the highest-ever temperature in the entire month of March. (That would be 25.6 C, a record set back on March 28, 1945.)  
Chergui said warm southwesterly winds and clear skies mean this streak of unseasonably warm days won’t be interrupted today.

“The sky is clear and the wind is southwestern and the air mass, which is in the south, is coming through southwestern Ontario,” she said, “And it’s very warm with a lot of humidity.”

That humidity, she said, might mean a two or three-hour thunderstorm Monday — another rarity this early in March.

Monday’s forecast calls for a high of 21 C.


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