For cyclists along Montreal’s Lachine Canal, Friday morning’s 24 C weather was a long time coming.
“Is today the first day of spring?” Amy Goldberg asked rhetorically while laughing.
Referring to last month’s wet and chilly climate, she said “I was thinking it was November. It wasn’t May.”
Grand Prix weekend is the unofficial kickoff to Montreal’s summer festival season. With temperatures finally climbing to seasonal norms, tourists who are in for the weekend are grateful.
“As it turns out the forecast looks really good for this weekend so awesome,” said Daryl Boyington, a tourist from Maine.
Another group of Montrealers taking full advantage of the weather was the November Project a sort of a meet-up group of exercise buffs that took over Crescent Street during the balmy weather to jog and do lunges.
McGill University graduate student Lauren Hennig, who is also part of the group, described May weather as “kind of the Groundhog Day, sort of you’re living the same day over and over again.”
According to Environment Canada, the temperature is expected to climb over the weekend to reach 28 C by Sunday.