Weather records continue to fall on P.E.I.

Second straight day for record high temperatures, with a third expected today

Published on March 22, 2012
After being cooped up for most of the winter it was great to be outdoors Wednesday during the warmest day of the year. Robert Gracia and his four dogs - Shaka, Ikea, P.J. and Monty went for a walk in Victoria Park with Caitlin LeClair and her two Chihuahuas named Avery and Summer. LeClair said she named it after Summerside. They are both third year students at the Atlantic Veterinary College.
Guardian photo by Brian McInnis

The official arrival of spring this week was more like the start of summer as historic warm weather continued Wednesday across P.E.I. with temperature records shattered for the second straight day.

And it's going to be even hotter today when the forecast high for Charlottetown is 22 C.

Maple Plains was the hot spot on the Island Wednesday at 21 C. Temperatures at Charlottetown, Summerside and St. Peters hit 20 C at 4 p.m. Wednesday as southwesterly winds continued to pour in warmth from the southern U.S.

The previous recorded high for the date at the Charlottetown airport was 13.3 set back in


East Point, which boasted the province's highest temperature on Tuesday during the start of the heat wave at 19 C, was shivering between 6-7 C Wednesday because winds shifted to more southerly there and right off the cold water.

Proximity to cold

water also kept North Cape stuck at 6 C at 3

p.m. Wednesday but it jumped to 9 C an hour later Wednesday with a slight change in wind direction.

While things were warm for most of P.E.I., they were sweltering in Fredericton, N.B. which hit 27 C while Halifax was at 26 C.

But the heat comes to a crashing end tonight when the cool down begins across P.E.I.

Friday's high is forecast to plummet to just 4 C, while Saturday will be 2 C and Sunday 3 C.

The good news is that skies will be sunny, so says the forecast.

Flurries are back in the forecast next Monday and Tuesday.