Ottawa weather forecast calls for cloudy, rainy playoff game day

Expect another rainy April day as the Ottawa Senators get ready to launch their 2017 playoff run.

Wednesday's forecast calls for a mainly cloudy day with a 40 per cent chance of showers and a southwest wind gusting from 20 to 40 kilometres per hour in the morning.

The high is a reasonable 9 C with a UV index of four (moderate).

That's important to keep in mind if you plan to attend the "Sens Mile" flag unveiling at city hall at 12:30 p.m., or if you plan to join the party before tonight's opening game of the NHL playoffs between the Senators and Boston Bruins.

Tonight should stay cloudy and rainy with a west wind gusting from 20 to 40 km/h as the low drops to 0 C.

Thursday is much better. The sky should clear in the morning as the sun comes out and we reach a high of 13 C. Friday is very similar with a sunny sky and a high of 14 C.

Saturday's second game of the NHL playoffs (3 p.m. start) also brings a cloudy and rainy day. There is a 40 per cent chance of showers with a high of 12 C.

Sunday is cloudy and rainy, too, with the high rising to 16 C.