OTTAWA — The end of the final weekend of Winterlude may be a little soggy, as temperatures warm up in a big way.
After a recent bout of mild weather, Friday morning temperatures plunged below freezing, where they’re expected to stay for at least 24 hours.
“Cold today and tomorrow, and then the milder air returns on Sunday,” said Jill Taylor, 1310 NEWS meteorologist. “Mild for Monday, but especially Tuesday — we could be near nine degrees….even some areas into double-digit highs.”
Taylor adds, Tuesday’s temperatures could be record-breaking; the current record for February 20 in Ottawa is 9.7 degrees, set in 1994.
Winterlude adjusts to mild weather
The Snowflake Kingdom in Gatineau’s Jacques Cartier Park has had to make changes due to the recent mild temperatures. One of three Super Tube Slides has been closed, and the introduction to downhill skiing event has been cancelled.
In Confederation Park, the ice sculptures are still standing despite recent above-freezing temperatures, and all events this weekend in the Crystal Garden are scheduled to go ahead as planned.
The Rideau Canal Skateway remains closed to skaters until further notice, but the mayor’s Family Day skating party at City Hall will go ahead as planned — regardless of whether the Rink of Dreams on Marion Dewar Plaza has to close.
Note: This is an updated version of this story, which corrects the events that have been cancelled.