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Mild temperatures return to Ottawa for the first weekend of March

(CTV News Ottawa) (CTV News Ottawa)

It is a cold start to the first day of March, but above-seasonal temperatures are in the forecast for the weekend in Ottawa.

It's -9 C at 6 a.m. in Ottawa, with the wind chill making it feel like -13.

Environment Canada's forecast calls for temperatures to warm up to 6 C on Friday, then 8 C on Saturday and 12 C on Sunday. The forecast high of 12 C on Sunday and 15 C on Monday would set records for the warmest March 3 (10.2 C in 2008) and March 4 (10 C in 1965) in Ottawa history.

Environment Canada says it will be cloudy to start today, then clearing this afternoon.

Clear tonight. Low -1 C.

Saturday will be mainly cloudy with a 30 per cent chance of showers or drizzle. High 8 C.

Sunday will see a mix of sun and cloud. High 12 C.

The outlook for Monday calls for a mix of sun and cloud. High 15 C.

Tuesday will be cloudy with a high of 9 C.

The normal temperatures for this time of year are a high of -1 C and a low of -10 C.

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