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40 years ago, the mid-winter weather was better in St. John's

Forty years ago, St. John's was getting a brief reprieve from winter and the people there were loving it.

Warm weather brought the temperature above the freezing mark and rain washed the snow away

Strange weather in St. John's

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Unusual weather in St. John's caught the attention of The National on Jan. 14, 1981. 0:23

Forty years ago, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador was getting a brief reprieve from winter and the people there were loving it.

"St. John's is having the mildest winter weather many of its longtime residents can remember," anchor Knowlton Nash told viewers during a brief item that aired on The National on Jan. 14, 1981.

"Daytime temperatures have been above freezing recently and heavy rains have washed away most of the snow that did fall."

As viewers saw images of laundry on a clothesline, Nash said the unseasonably warm conditions meant you could "hang out the wash without fear of it freezing."

The pictures told the story about how warm the weather was in St. John's in mid-January of 1981. (The National/CBC Archives)

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