Record-breaking weather came to the Greater Toronto Area on Saturday as the city and much of southern Ontario eases into a warm March weekend.

Environment Canada recorded a high of 17 C at Pearson airport in Mississauga on Saturday at 2 p.m., beating the previous record of 16.3 C, which was set in 2006.

The city's beaches, parks and patios were crowded throughout the afternoon. 


Toronto's patios were bustling amid unseasonably warm weather on Saturday. (CBC)


Families camped out on Toronto's Sugar Beach on Saturday, enjoying the record-breaking spring weather. (CBC)

Others seized the opportunity to go to the Toronto Zoo and check out the new baby pandas. Many people were lined up for a chance to see the twin cubs, Jia Panpan (Canadian Hope) and Jia Yueyue (Canadian Joy).


Torontonians took advantage of today's warm weather to visit the baby pandas at the zoo. (CBC)


One of two baby pandas at the Toronto Zoo was enjoying the warm weather and attention that came with it on Saturday. (CBC)

Similar weather was expected throughout the region — with forecasters calling for sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-teens from St. Catharines to Peterborough and up into the Kawarthas. 

As what is left of the remaining snow and ice melts, officials are reminding everyone to stay clear of swollen streams and other waterways. 

The above-seasonal temperatures are expected to stick around for the next week with forecasts calling for both sun and rain during March Break.