Islanders treated to record-setting temperatures Thursday

Published on May 18, 2017

Avid gardener Ken MacDonald takes advantage of the lovely spring weather Thursday afternoon to tend to his massive display of tulips in front of his house in Charlottetown. MacDonald says he finds gardening relaxing and has been doing it for almost 20 years. He is selling approximately 400 starter plants at the Trinity United Church in Charlottetown on May 27, 8-11 a.m., as part of a plant, bake and book sale.

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Although records don’t become official until 3 a.m. Friday, it looks like two temperature records were broken in P.E.I. yesterday.

In Summerside as of 4 p.m., it was 24.9 degrees, breaking the previous record of 23.9 degrees.

Also as of 4 p.m. in Maple Plains, it was 25.1 degrees with the previous record being 23.0 degrees.

Ian Hubbard, meteorologist with Environment Canada, said these are new records but that the “record setting final temperature” for the day could change and won’t be official until early Friday morning.

The current record for May 18 in Charlottetown is 28.9 degrees and as of 4 p.m. it was only at 24 degrees, the warmest it had been all day.

“It probably feels a lot warmer because of the humidex,” explained Hubbard, who said the humidex was 27.9 degrees. “Most people are going to think it’s really hot out (Thursday), it certainly is, but it feels a lot hotter than it is.”

The weather forecast for Friday is a mostly cloudy with some sunny breaks with temperatures around 23 degrees.

Hubbard said they are expecting some showers to push through in the afternoon with a slight risk of a thundershower.

Hubbard said the weekend won’t be as warm as Thursday and Friday.

There will be a cold front overnight Friday and that is going to bring in some drier and cooler air.

Hubbard said it will be a nice day on Saturday but only a high of 12 degrees.

“It’s probably going to be fairly breezy as well with winds out of the north west behind this cold front to start the weekend.”

On Sunday, it will be another sunny day with a high of 12 degrees.