Southern Ontario gets record warm weather as east braces for storms

Toronto hit a record-breaking 9.2 C earlier this morning, with temperatures expected to rise....

Toronto hit a record-breaking 9.2 C earlier this morning, with temperatures expected to rise. (REUTERS FILES/Mark Blinch)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:30 PM ET

While southern Ontario woke up to spring weather Wednesday, folks in Atlantic Canada are gearing up for freezing rain and snow storms.

Just a week after freezing cold alerts in the city, Toronto hit a record-breaking 9.2 C in the early morning, with temperatures expected to rise.

Meanwhile, Atlantic Canada is battening down the hatches. Schools are closed across much of New Brunswick, where freezing rain and wind warnings are in effect.

Parts of Nova Scotia and P.E,I. are also facing wind warnings Wednesday, including Halifax and the surrounding areas.

Parts of Newfoundland and Labrador -- including Corner Brook and western Labrador -- are expecting full-on winter storms.

Southern Ontarians aren't totally off the hook, however. Wednesday's warm weather brings flood warnings.

"All rivers should be considered dangerous," said the Toronto and Region Conservation authority.

In and around London, Ont., ice rinks have become swimming pools and flooding is a risk.

"Today's record is already in tatters," said Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson. Southwestern Ontario is expected hit 14 C by mid-afternoon, shattering the 9.1 C record from 2006.

The region has also received 38.4 millimetres of rain -- more than double the previous record of 17.8 millimetres. The city has evacuated homes near the Thames River.

But winter's not gone for good.

"Many of you may be gaining a false sense of security with all this warm air that's across southern Ontario," said Dayna Vettese, Weather Network meteorologist, in a statement. "But what you need to know is that on Thursday we're back to winter."

- with files from Jennifer O'Brien


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