Hot weather expected to break Sunday system

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The record-breaking heat continued to bake the national capital on Saturday.

By afternoon, Environment Canada was showing a temperature of 6 C for Ottawa, just shy of the all-time high of 7.2 C, set in 1966.

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That followed Friday’s high of 9.4 C, which smashed the previous record of 7.4 C set in 1990.

Friday evening included widespread social media reports of thunder and lightning, although that wasn’t officially observed by Environment Canada.

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But Winterlude organizers (and fans) were crossing their fingers that a return to more seasonal weather this coming week could put more winter in the annual winter festivities.

The change starts with an overnight drop to -4 C on Sunday night.

Monday’s expected to be cloudy with a 30-per-cent chance of flurries and a high temperature of 0 C. The low should be around -11 C.

Tuesday’s high is expected to be -3 C under mixed skies, and Environment Canada is forecasting a bone-chilling low of -15 C.

Temperatures are expected to stay in those ranges until Friday.

Winterlude ends Family Day, Monday, Feb. 19.

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