While Canada's northwest remains an icebox, Wednesday felt like spring in the capital as temperatures hit 11.6 C, causing big puddles to form and slushy driving conditions as snow melted and rain fell intermittently all afternoon and into the evening.
CBC Ottawa climatologist Ian Black confirmed it was another record weather day for Ottawa — the warmest January 30th on record since 1974 when the mercury climbed just above 5 C.
"And today was just over the all-time record for any day in January," Black added. "But with that record warmth on the way out folks, be warned. Be prepared for temperatures dropping below normal for the next couple of days."
The coming cooler weather will bode well for Ottawa's annual winter festival, Winterlude and the Rideau Canal Skateway, which officials closed Wednesday for safety reasons and to preserve the ice surface.
The National Capital Commission said it would reopen as soon as possible, weather permitting.