The winter may be officially over, but we’re still seeing cold temperature records falling into April.

Around 5 a.m. Wednesday, the temperature fell to –8 C. That’s the coldest it’s been on an April 16 since the Hamilton airport weather station started its monitoring in 1959.

The previous record low for Wednesday’s date was –5 C, measured on April 16, 1980.

But don’t worry, Hamilton. The cold won’t last. More on that later…

DayStarter Commute

GO Transit isn’t reporting any major delays on its train and bus routes running in and out of Hamilton.

Ontario Police Police are reporting the following collisions on highways in the Hamilton area:

  • Toronto-bound QEW before Guelph Line, Burlington: two-vehicle collision blocking the centre lane, no injuries, 8:17 a.m.

DayStarter weather

After a frigid-for-spring early morning, temperatures are set to hike above the zero mark later in the day, with a mix of sun in cloud high of 4 C expected. A low of –3 C is in the forecast for the overnight period.

Then a warming trend starts. Environment Canada says double-digit temperatures are in store for Thursday and Friday, with a mix of sun and cloud and a high of 12 C in the forecast for both days.

A high of 16 C and a 40 per cent chance of rain are in the forecast for Saturday.

DayStarter City News

Hamilton city councillors are set to debate the issue of two-way streets again on Wednesday, even though proposed changes aren’t on the budget books for 2014. City hall’s general issues committee will resume discussion on a dramatic five-year plan to convert many of the lower city’s one-way streets to two ways, after putting off discussion of the strategy in December.

Also on our site Wednesday: A Waterdown man has been in a two-year long battle with government officials to have testing done for radon — the second leading cause of lung cancer among Canadians — done at school sites. A colourless and odourless gas that is naturally produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, it can seep through a crack in a building’s foundation. 

DayStarter Photo

Graphic designer Heather Peter posted to Instagram a photo of herself relaxing in green surroundings.

DayStarter internet

The two people getting married are usually the stars of their own wedding. But a priest in Ireland may have stolen the show at one ceremony. Fr. Ray Kelly surprised the couple he way marrying, performing a rousing rendition of Leonard Cohen oft-covered elegy Hallejuah. A trained singer, he modified the lyrics to make the song more appropriate for the occasion, the BBC reports, and received a standing ovation from wedding guests once he finished up. A YouTube video fo the performance has more than 27 million views: