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Winter returns to Ottawa following 29-degree drop in temperatures

Winter returns to Ottawa on Friday, following a 29-degree drop in temperatures over nine hours.

The temperature hit 15.6 C on Wednesday afternoon, setting a record for warmest Feb. 28 in Ottawa history. A cold front moved into the region late Wednesday afternoon, with the temperature suddenly dropping to 1 C by 7 p.m. and -13 C by 12 a.m.

At 6 a.m., the temperature was -13.1 C, with the wind chill making it feel like -22.

Environment Canada’s forecast calls for a sunny Thursday with a high of -7 C. It will feel like -14 with the wind chill this afternoon.

Clear tonight, with increasing cloudiness overnight. Low -15 C.

Friday will be mainly sunny with a high of 5 C.

The outlook for Saturday calls for mainly cloudy and a high of 8 C.

Sunday will be cloudy with a high of 11 C.

The normal temperatures for this time of year are a high of -1 C and a low of -10 C.

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