From British Columbia to much of the Maritimes, people in southern Canada are basking in unseasonably warm temperatures that have raised wistful but assuredly premature hopes for an early spring.
Across the country's southern tier in the past two days, temperatures have soared into the double digits in many places, with Windsor, Ont., the nation's hot spot, hitting a relatively balmy 14.2 C at midday Monday.
"We've seen more than a few records tumble today across southern Ontario," said Geoff Coulson, a senior forecaster at Environment Canada. "We had single-day high-temperature records in places like Windsor, Toronto, Welland down in the Niagara Peninsula, London and Ottawa, just to name a few.
"If we look across the province, we're probably looking at most places being between 10 and 15 degrees above normal for this time of year. "
He said Tuesday would be another mild day.
Temperatures in Toronto hit a drizzly 12, which was still a far cry from the record 16.7 on Jan. 25, 1950, the day Windsor hit 17.8