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Weather: More spring-like than summery after Friday's April showers

Files: Checkpoints at all interprovincial bridges will start on Monday.

Well, the Ottawa-area skies are looking brighter today, at least in a weather sense.

For now, our overheated spring seems to be settling into something more seasonal, and the gardens might not burn out before the end of April.

Although Saturday dawned bright, Environment Canada is predicting mainly cloudy skies with a 40 per cent chance of showers. Fog patches will dissipate this morning.

Winds will be variable, at around 5 km/hour for most of the day.

The high 12 C will put us just over the average of 11 C for this date. UV index 5 or moderate.

Tonight should be mainly cloudy with a 40 per cent chance of showers. Fog patches developing overnight. The low should reach 5 C.

Sunday is looking like more of the same, with a mix of sun and cloud and a high of 15 C . 40 per cent chance of showers in the afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 15. UV index 6 or high.

Sunday night should see cloudy periods with 30 per cent chance of showers, and a low of 3 C.

Monday is looking ideal with a mix of sun and clouds and a high of 15 C.

The rest of the week is more unsettled with highs dipping down to 4 and 6 C on Wednesday and Thursday. The F-word (flurries) is mentioned, but we are ignoring that.

For you recreation information, the NCC has again announced that the Queen Elizabeth Driveway, Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir George-Étienne Cartier parkways will be closed to motor vehicles, and open exclusively for active use on April 17 and 18, 2021.

  1. A year ago, Sûreté du Québec officers were stopping Gatineau-bound vehicles on the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge as part of that province's crackdown on interprovincial travel.

    Checkpoints at all interprovincial bridges Monday in stay-home crackdown

  2. With COVID-19 numbers spiking in Ottawa, many residents are anxiously waiting for the opportunity to receive a vaccine.

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