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Warm and getting warmer

Here's a symbol you might need to refamiliarize yourself with: +

That's right, temperatures are going to be above-zero in the near future. At least according to the forecast. Today will be a little cooler.

Environment Canada is calling for a high of -10ºC this afternoon, with clearing skies and light winds dropping through the day. For the first time of the year, the forecast includes the UV Index instead of a wind chill — it'll reach 3 today, which is considered moderate.

Clear skies tonight will send the temperature down to -22ºC, but the really warm air starts tomorrow.

Saturday should be sunny, with a mix of sun and cloud later in the morning, reaching a high of -5ºC.

Sunday will also see a mix of sun and cloud, with a high shooting up to +3ºC.

Monday will be sunny, again with a high of +3ºC.

Things will cool a bit later next week, with Tuesday's high being -5ºC and Wednesday's high -2ºC, despite sunny skies both days. But Thursday should return to above-zero temperatures, with a high of +1ºC.

The normal high for this time of year is -3ºC; the normal low is -1ºC.

The warmest it's ever been on this date was in 2000, when it reached 10.3ºC.

For those of you who are complaining about the bitter cold this year, the record cold temperature for March 7 was set just three years ago, in 2011, when it dropped to -31.2ºC.

And, if you're instead upset by the sheer volume of snow that's piling up in your yard, the record amount of snow on the ground for this date was set in 2007, when there was 86 cm of the white stuff. That's almost 40 per cent more than there is right now. Environment Canada reports 62 cm of snow on the ground as of yesterday night.

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