It may be the middle of winter but sun, shorts and Slurpees were the order of the day for many people in southern Alberta Sunday.

Environment Canada initially predicted a high of 13 C but the mercury was pushing 17 C in Calgary by 3 p.m. MT.

The warm weather broke record temperatures — as the highest on record was set back in 2007 at 13.1 C.

Patios were open downtown and were full of people eager to revel in the temporary spring-like temperatures.

"I'm actually hot. We're gonna start complaining about the heat soon," said Tim Gilhuly, who was enjoying the weather downtown.

According to Environment Canada, the warm weather is expected to last into Tuesday, and more record breaking temperatures could be in store.

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Record high temperature in Calgary this weekend

Many people were astonished how high the mercury rose as record temperatures were seen in Calgary this weekend. (Submitted by Janet Maxwell)

Calgary bees

Calgary bees leave the hive to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather Sunday. (Jenn Blair/CBC)

MacKay's ice cream shop in Cochrane

The lineup outside of MacKay's ice cream shop in Cochrane brought back summer memories. (Submitted by Bill Belsey)

Clematis tricked into sprouting

A clematis was tricked into sprouting early with the unseasonably warm temperatures. (Submitted by Mary Ellen Gilbert)