August’s warm temps helped us bust some heat records this year, but perhaps none are more impressive than this one: every month of this year, from January to August, has been the warmest every recorded! And September’s off to a great start, too!

Helping us keep the eight-month stretch alive, according to a report by CTV, is the fact that Ottawa has enjoyed 19 days above 30 degrees, up from just 7 such splendid days in 2009.

What’s more, according to Canada’s favourite meteorologist David Phillips with Environment Canada, “trees love this weather”, and we should be in for the best possible display of fall colours in just a few weeks. “The trees are healthy, and they are about to reward us with these brilliant colours.”

So what’s the outlook for the fall? Phillips continues, “”The promise for September into October looks like more warm days than cool days. You can’t prevent that frost, or first dusting of snow, but overall if you pick your days right, the landscape will never be more beautiful.”

He’s always right, so be sure to take advantage of the great weather! Check out the last days of the NCC’s Sunday Bikedays or the first days of the NCC’s Saturday Short Loops, and don’t miss the great water levels on the Madawaska river or the upcoming Gull River Open Canoe Slalom!


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