So long winter, hello patio season
On Wednesday, with the arrival of the spring equinox, the temperature reached 16 C
Spring arrived on Wednesday and Edmontonians were fully embracing the warmth.
After a brutally cold February, the coldest since 1994 according to Environment Canada, shorts and T-shirts have been out in full force on city streets this week.
Even with snow lingering on the ground, people headed outdoors and hit the patios.
Temperatures have risen dramatically this month. On March 1, the daytime high was -16 C and the overnight low was -25 C.
On Wednesday, with the arrival of the spring equinox, the temperature reached 16 C, and patio seats were hard to come by.
"It's a great day!" Taylor Murphy said.
He was joined by friends at the Next Act Pub on 104th Street, where there outdoor space was full of people enjoying the nice weather.
That included his friend, Kurt Gerein, who said he was ready for the sun.
"Hence the T-shirt and shorts."
Robert Blackstock was visiting from out of town and was enjoying the trails around downtown in Ezio Farone Park.
"There's no way to describe it," he said. "It's just great. It's so healthy to be able to get out and enjoy this. [There's] not even a cold wind from the north."
He planned to stick to the paved paths for now while the river valley continues to dry out.
Gone to the dogs
Joshua Badach embraced the warmer weather with his furry friend at the Alex Decoteau dog park downtown.
"I think when we finally hit this, I was overwhelmed with gratefulness," Badach said. "So I immediately shed the jacket and just took her out for walks."
Badach was eager for the dog-friendly patios to open. His husky may be the only one missing the arctic temperatures.
Environment Canada is calling for another warm day on Thursday before the temperature returns to seasonal norms through the weekend and into next week.