Ottawa breaks weather record with early autumn heat
City breaks heat record set in 1872, says weather historian
Ottawa just barely broke a weather record for Sept. 24 on Sunday with a scorching high of 31.8 C and a humidex of 39.
The previous record high temperature was 31.7 C set in 1872, according to weather historian Rolf Campbell.
A heat warning for the region remains in effect.
Sunday also appeared to be the hottest fall day Ottawa has ever seen.
Today is <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ottawa?src=hash">#Ottawa</a>'s hottest fall day ever. Today's high is 31.8℃. The previous record was 31.7℃ on Sept 25th, 1891. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OttNews?src=hash">#OttNews</a>—@YOW_Weather
Here's how residents spent the unusually warm autumn day.
Twitter user @snazel got creative and built this makeshift air conditioner to keep cool.
I've set up an improvised AC, with fans blowing through ice. <a href="https://t.co/CubRRzRGFU">pic.twitter.com/CubRRzRGFU</a>—@snazel
🙂 <a href="https://t.co/7eSCoHFxkv">pic.twitter.com/7eSCoHFxkv</a>—@eazysteve69
Staying cool indoors with this big nose. <a href="https://t.co/EtymEJt1BN">pic.twitter.com/EtymEJt1BN</a>—@suzemuse
Air conditioning and fans were popular choices for staying cool.
In my air conditioned house. Screw this weather. I need fall.—@Kat_Fergie
Others, however, didn't seem to mind the late-season heat after a mostly wet July and August.
The unusual warm fall weather continues into the beginning of next week with a high of 32 C and a humidex of 41 on Monday.
Temperatures are set to reach 31 C Tuesday and 28 C Wednesday.
That's when temperatures will return to normal later in the week with highs between 16 C and 17 C.