For those who have longed for the return of warm, sunny weather after this year’s long and miserable winter — your wait is over.

Nova Scotians were treated to blue, sunny skies and hot weather with temperatures hovering in the mid to high 20s over the weekend.

According to CBC meteorologist Peter Coade, the hot weather is going to stick around for a few days with highs of 29 degrees forecast for much of Nova Scotia.  

“The area of high pressure that moved slowly across the region and provided the sunny days and mainly clear night over the weekend is now stretched out along the Atlantic seaboard to our south,” said Coade.

“This feature will provide at least two more days of mostly sunny and very warm weather before we have to think of some showers.”

Along with that hot, sunny weather comes a high UV index.

Environment Canada’s latest forecast is calling for a UV index of eight or very high Monday. So if you plan on spending time in the sun, you should wear sunscreen and a hat.

Hot weather can also take its toll of pets, so be sure to provide pets with lots of water. The SPCA and Halifax Regional Police urge people not to leave pets in hot cars. Within minutes, temperatures in vehicles can skyrocket.

Coade said he expects showers to develop on Thursday and Friday, with steady rainfall expected on Saturday for Nova Scotia.