A 25-year-old high temperature record has been shattered in London.
As of 1 p.m. on Wednesday, the mercury climbed to 14.4 degrees Celsius, easily surpassing the previous record high for February 3rd of 7.8 degrees Celsius set back in 1991.
The mild conditions are thanks to a winter storm system making its way through the region, with London on the warm side of the storm, remaining in the warm air.
“We’re seeing the centre of this storm system now getting into northern Lake Huron, fair amount of clear skies, sunshine now across southwestern Ontario,” Environment Canada Warning Preparedness Meteorologist Geoff Coulson tells AM980.
“Along with those sunny skies, winds from the south and the southwest pumping up that temperature. However, we are starting to see the wind shifting more to the west as we get into lower Michigan, a little more in the way of cloud there. So again, the possibility that the temperatures will likely peak early this afternoon in the London area and then start to fall slowly as we get to the late afternoon.”
Coulson adds that anyone hoping this warm weather will last will be disappointed as the temperature falls back below freezing overnight with a daytime high Thursday of zero. As well, Coulson says we’ll get a reminder that it’s still February by Wednesday or Thursday next week, with highs around -5.