Spring sure is taking its time to be felt out here in Calgary.
No strangers to long winters and snowy springs (and, occasionally, summer snow), Calgarians have come to expect a white end of March and a temperamental April… but the tease of sunny skies and warm(ish) days from last week gave us all a hint of what’s to come.
And when the only type of activity one can really do outside the house during the coronavirus pandemic is go for a responsibly physically-distanced stroll around the neighbourhood, those warm days look even more appealing.
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We’ve actually got a few above-freezing days ahead of us, according to the seven-day forecast from The Weather Network.
None are exactly stunners, so you can leave that bathing suit at home, but Mother Nature has seen fit to take the chilly bite out of the air long enough for us to cast aside mittens and balaclavas.
The first glimpse of above freezing temperatures hits on Sunday, with what is technically a high of 1°C, though feels closer to -3°C.
Monday comes in hot with a high of 3°C and a mix of sun and clouds, and Tuesday follows suit with a high of 4°C — though there is a 40% chance of flurries, because Calgary.
Wednesday brings things up to 5°C and seven hours of sunlight, while Thursday is expected to be the warmest day of the week with a high of 7°C that feels like a scorching 4°C.
Sure, around 1 cm of snow has a 30% chance of falling, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the six hours of sunshine while it’s out.
Friday follows up with a high of just 2°C that feels like -2°C and around 1 cm of snow in the form of scattered flurries.
So, no, we’re not going to be drinking Pina Coladas on our balconies and starting that base tan any time soon, but it, at the very least, isn’t the -15°C we’ve been dealing with for the past few days.
Fingers crossed for warmer days ahead, Calgary.