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Pleasant lead-in to long weekend

Nineties band Moxy Früvous once sang that, as king, they'd "make Friday part of the weekend" — and this weekend would've been a good time to implement that royal policy.

The forecast today is for nearly seasonal temperatures (for a change), but Environment Canada says it's a slow slide towards grey skies and rain by Monday, the actual Victoria Day that we've made part of this weekend.

Forecasters say that today will be mainly sunny, with a high of 17ºC, and a UV Index of 6, which is considered high.

Clear skies overnight will push the temperature down to 2ºC, with sunny skies to start tomorrow off as well. As recently as yesterday, Saturday was predicted to be full-on sun, but now forecasters say clouds will roll in during the afternoon, as winds pick up. Temperatures will top out at 17ºC.

Sunday should see a mix of sun and cloud, with a high of 18ºC, followed by rain on holiday Monday. The high that day will be 18ºC again.

Tuesday will be slightly cooler, at 16ºC, with continuing periods of rain. Skies will begin to clear by Wednesday, as temperatures begin to swing up. The high that day should be 17ºC.

At this point, Thursday looks great — with sunny skies and a high of 20ºC.

The normal high for this time of year is 19ºC. The normal low is 6ºC.

The warmest it's ever been on this date was in 1984, when it was 32.6ºC. The coldest ever was in 2002, when it dropped to -9.5ºC.

A decade ago, in 2004, there was still a record 10 cm of snow on the ground although there's no record of it ever actually snowing on this date. The most precipitation ever was in 1990, when it rained a record 38.2 mm.

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