Nova Scotia

Warmest weather in Canada today is in Nova Scotia, by a long shot

It's warmer in parts of Nova Scotia than in San Francisco and Orlando.

With morning temperatures hitting 17 C, it's set to be a record-breaking February day

Finches gather in Dundee, Cape Breton. It feels almost tropical in some parts of Nova Scotia. (Submitted by Holly MacIntosh)

Dreaming of a southern getaway? You may want to consider Greenwood, N.S. 

At 17 C this morning, it was the country's hot spot. The average high temperature is usually zero. Already, today's temperatures broke a record of 8.9 C that was set 60 years ago. 

Temperatures in most of New Brunswick are still hovering around zero, with freezing rain, although Sussex, in the southwestern part of the province, has hit 15 C. Prince Edward Island's highs are around 10 C. 

CBC meteorologist Peter Coade says by comparison, it's 12 C in Orlando, Fla., 12 C in San Francisco and 6 C in Dallas. 

But though there's a mild coastal wind that feels almost tropical for February, it's not even close to sunny beach weather in Nova Scotia.

Environment Canada has a rainfall warning in effect for the southwestern part of the province and a wind warning in Inverness County. It says flooding is possible in some low-lying areas and heavy rain could bring up to 40 millimetres by the end of the day.

The rest of the province remains under a special weather statement, with wind and rain expected. 

A storm that hit parts of Ontario, Quebec and the U.S. northeast continues to disrupt some travel. There are some cancelled and delayed flights at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. 

Marine Atlantic is not crossing the Cabot Strait on Thursday morning. Ferries from North Sydney, N.S., and Port aux Basques, N.L., are now scheduled to leave at night. 

Bay Ferries is scheduled to leave Saint John as planned at 9 a.m. AT, but due to high winds expected later in the day, travellers are asked to check back after the afternoon crossing from Digby, N.S. 


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