Warm Wednesday shatters temperature records

Temperatures in Ottawa rose to 9 degrees on Wednesday, shattering the previous record for Jan. 30 set in 1974 with a high of 5.6 degrees, according to Environment Canada.

Today’s temperatures are expected to climb as high as 11 degrees.

The sudden warm weather comes only a day after Environment Canada issued a freezing rain warning for Ottawa and the surrounding areas.

Heavy snow hit the capital earlier this week, resulting in slippery sidewalks and roads.

Due to the rising temperatures, the National Capital Commission closed Rideau Canal Skateway Tuesday night and warned skaters to stay off the ice, saying that snow can cover signs of ice deterioration.

However, the spring-like temperature is predicted to be short lived; Environment Canada says the weather will cool down again on Thursday and Friday.