Thursday was the warmest Feb. 25 on record for P.E.I.

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Wes Slauenwhite, general manager at Sporting Intentions in Charlottetown, says his customers have already started buying their spring and summer equipment as P.E.I. has been experiencing an unusally mild winter.

Temperatures reached 9.5 degrees Celsius in Charlottetown

By Madison Blanchard

The Guardian

P.E.I experienced its warmest Feb. 25 ever on Thursday, with temperatures reaching 9.5 degrees Celsius in the Charlottetown area before 10 a.m.

At 10 a.m., the temperature climbed to a daytime high of 12 C. 

The previous record for the Charlottetown area was 8.3 C. That temperature was recorded on Feb. 25 1900, said Environment Canada meteorologist Tracy Talbot.

It’s quite a change from last year’s Feb. 25, when the temperature was -16.9 C.

“I’m not complaining.” Talbot said.

But at least one Islander is.

Ron Hately is an avid skier and volunteers for the ski patrol at Brookvale. He said this winter presents a different set of challenges than the previous one.

“It’s a little different because last year there was too much snow to ski, and this year there’s too little snow to ski,” Hately said.

He says the mild weather has led some to pursue other outdoor activities.

“A lot of my friends are out mountain biking…which is unusual.”

Sporting Intentions general manager Wes Slauenwhite has also seen a number of spring items moving earlier than normal.

“Some people have probably already mentally flipped to the next season,” he said. “From our perspective as a business, it’s not a bad thing.”

People are already buying bikes and kayaks for the spring, Slauenwhite said. But he cautioned that winter was not quite over yet, with five more weeks left to go.

“I hope for my customers that we get out and get to enjoy their winter activities because we’re a long way from beach weather.”

Hately agrees.

Whatever the weather brings, he’ll be outside enjoying the elements. 

“When you’re active, you’ll find something to do outside.”

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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