London region breaks 1966 heat record as temperature hits 19 C

The last time it was this warm in London, Ont., on March 4, miniskirts and go-go boots were all the rage and the song California Dreaming peaked on the Billboard Top 100 chart. 

It was 1966 when the city recorded a high temperature record of 15 C.

On Monday, the mercury matched that record around 11 a.m. and then kept on climbing, according to Environment Canada.

By mid-afternoon, Londoners had ditched their coats and jackets as the national weather service reported an afternoon high of 19 C with sunshine.

Several other southern Ontario locales reported broken temperature records as well.

Hamilton recorded an afternoon high of 21 C, surpassing the record of 15.6 C set in 1974, while Windsor’s high hit 22 C, breaking a record set in 1983 at 19.1 C.

“It’s just another example of the incredible winter we’ve experienced right across southwestern Ontario. Mild conditions through much of December, January and February,” said Geoff Coulson, a warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada.

A steady flow of air from the south is to blame for the weather, Coulson said, explaining that warm and moist air is being drawn from the Gulf of Mexico to Ontario.

Tuesday is expected to reach 17 C, but with a 40 per cent chance of showers. The temperature is expected to fall on Wednesday, hovering around 9 C and cloudy. 

All school buses in Oxford County were cancelled Monday morning due to fog, which made for dangerous driving conditions.

Buses will resume for the afternoon run, according to the organization that oversees school transportation.

Recommended For You