It was a record-breaking 7.2 C by late morning Friday at the Ottawa airport with the temperature expected to reach 9 C to start a warm and likely wet holiday weekend.
The previous Dec. 30 record was 6 C in 1990, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada. Thursday reached 7.5 C.
There’s a 40 per cent chance of drizzle Friday. Periods of drizzle are forecast for Friday night, turning to periods of rain near midnight with 5 mm expected. The expected low is 4 C.
Periods of rain are predicted to add another 5 to 10 mm with the mercury falling to 1 C Saturday afternoon.
The New Year’s Eve forecast is more rain with a low of 1 C.
New Year’s Day is expected to be cloudy with a 60 per cent chance of showers or flurries and a high of 1 C. Sunday night is expected to dip to -5 C.
More cloudy skies are predicted for Monday with a high of 3 C and a low of -4 C.
There’s a 60 per cent chance of rain Tuesday, day and night, with the temperature a steady 7 C.
“Normals” for this time of year are highs of -6 C and lows of -14 C.