Ottawa celebrates spring's arrival after snowy winter

Rejoice! Bask in the sunlight and a high of 6 C as Ottawa waves goodbye to winter. (Just ignore the -17 C in Tuesday night's forecast.)

Don't let that lingering white stuff fool you — spring has officially sprung

Sunny skies graced Ottawa all weekend, and while Monday was overcast, the city greeted spring with a high of 6 C. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

Feel that?

That's vitamin D returning to your body as winter waves goodbye and spring sunshine smiles down on Ottawa — at least until Tuesday.

It's been a winter of wild weather and fluctuating temperatures

Since Oct. 1, approximately 277 cm of snow has fallen, according to totals recorded at the Ottawa International Airport. 

Winter has its perks, and there's still snow on the ground for skiers, snowboarders and cold weather enthusiasts.

But on a day when there's a forecast high of 6 C, there's nothing quite like going out for a lunchtime stroll without your hat.

Or mitts.

Or balaclava.

Or long johns.

Winter may spring briefly back into the picture on Tuesday. There's a chance of flurries and the temperature is expected to fall to –17 C Tuesday night.

In the meantime, here's a how some people in Ottawa welcomed the spring equinox:

A sunny start to the season

Catching some rays

Mid melt

Budding brains