Hamilton became the hottest spot in Canada Wednesday as local temperatures hit 16.1 C in a record setting day.

Wednesday was the warmest Feb. 3 in over 50 years, shattering the previous record by almost eight degrees.

The 16.1 C, high  will beat Hamilton's old record of 8.2 C set back in 1991. Until Wednesday, 1991 was the hottest Feb. 3 on record dating back to 1960.

These temperatures are significantly higher than averages for this time of year, which typically reach a max of -2.2 C and a minimum of -10.1 C. This left more than a few Hamiltonians, including the Hamilton Conservation Authority, slightly confused. 

This warmth, however, is expected to take a dip later Wednesday and into Thursday morning, with a low of -1 C.