It's been 2 straight weeks of below-average temperatures in Ottawa

The capital has been stuck in a cold spell for most of the month  — but the end could be in sight.

Freezing rain warning east of the capital for early afternoon

A cross-country skier makes their way along the banks of the Ottawa River in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

The capital has been stuck in a cold spell for most of the month — but the end could be in sight.

Back on Wednesday, Nov. 6, the high in Ottawa almost reached 10 C.

It's been below average ever since.

Yesterday's high of 0.3 C was just the second time since Remembrance Day Ottawa climbed above 0 C and it only did so for about two hours in the middle of the afternoon.

This month's average temperature is -3.3 C.

Seasonal normals drop by a few tenths of a degree every day and are now at 4 C in the day and -4 C at night.

Today's high is 1 C and tonight's low is -5 C under a mix of sun and cloud, with a similar forecast for tomorrow.

East of Ottawa in Prescott-Russell and the Cornwall area, there's a freezing rain warning for early this afternoon, when light, icy rain mixed with snow is possible.

Warmer Thursday night

Thursday night could spell the end of the streak, with an overnight low of 2 C matching that day's high and topping the average low for Nov. 21 of -4 C.

Rain or snow is expected that night into a Friday with a high of 4 C, above the average of 3 C. It's essentially the same forecast in Pembroke, albeit with precipitation that may start slightly earlier.

Clouds over a field near Shawville, Que., Nov. 1, 2019, the end of a week with high temperatures that topped 18 C in Ottawa. Oct. 30 was potentially the last day of 2019 with double-digit highs. (CBC)

Kingston should reach highs of 6 C tomorrow and Thursday, with only rain expected Thursday night.

Cornwall and Maniwaki will have slightly colder nights tonight and tomorrow with lows approaching -10 C.

Maniwaki shouldn't get as high above the freezing mark later this week as areas further to the south.


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