Summer flashback: Ottawa to near record high temps Friday

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Summer flashback: Ottawa to near record high temps Friday
Summer flashback: Ottawa to near record high temps Friday

After a drizzly week of grey skies, Ottawa is set for a brief burst of summer sun Friday, pushing the city close to a 41-year record.

The temperature should rise Friday to about 21 C with sunny breaks in the afternoon, says CBC climatologist Ian Black.

That forecast approaches the warmest Oct. 23 on record, set in 1979 when the temperature reached 24.6 C.

The beach day high was a far cry from the coldest day on record set 10 years earlier in 1969, when temperatures plummeted to –6.7 C.

Normal temperatures for this time of year are around 11 C in the day, falling to around 2 C at night. The warmest day this month was the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, which was just under 23 C.

Kingston's high of 21 would top 2017's record for this day of 19.8 C. Pembroke and Maniwaki will flirt with records as well.

Snow Sunday night?

The warm spell in Ottawa won't last long, though.

Environment Canada expects it to be around 6 C by sunrise Saturday with rain, and that's around where it will stay until dipping to –3 C overnight.

Pembroke's Saturday high is 4 C and there's a slim chance of flurries.

Sunday is expected to be 5 C and sunny, with a 60 per cent chance of flurries overnight.

The last snowflakes fell on the weather gear at the Ottawa International Airport on May 8.

It's expected to not dip below zero in Kingston and any precipitation should be rain. A mix of snow and rain is likely in Maniwaki to start the last week of October.