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Canberra weather: ACT records hottest February morning in 2016

Canberrans spent much of Valentine's Day looking for ways to cool off and beat the heat as the capital sizzled through its warmest February morning so far this year on Sunday.

For those who may have struggled to sleep through Saturday night due to the heat, they weren't imagining it, as the mercury dipped to a low of just 15.6 degrees.

Weatherzone meteorologist Kim Westcott said Sunday morning's temperatures were about 2.5 degrees above average.

"It was the hottest morning so far this month, but we did have a hotter morning in January," she said.

The temperature in Canberra reached a top of 32.6 degrees on Sunday. 

Ian Burrell from Gowrie chose to make the most of the wind on Sunday by casting a large 7.5 metre dolphin kite to the skies. He had only collected his new kite the previous day.

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"It was very gusty," he said. "It was a bit too strong at times for the big kites."

The avid kite collector has been flying kites for about 26 years and owns 16-20 big kites and numerous little ones.

In an ode to Valentine's Day, Mr Burrell spent the earlier part of Sunday morning flying a 10.5 metre heart-shaped kite.

Asked what he enjoyed about kite flying, Mr Burrell said: "watching the kites and watching the expression on people's faces".

Others chose to beat the heat in more traditional ways by taking to Canberra's water ways.

Shea Smith and his 10-year-old son Tyler were spotted paddle boarding while Leigh Baguley of Lyneham showed off his impressive wakeboarding skills on the Molonglo River.

After a hot and sunny weekend, Ms Westcott said Canberra was bracing for a cool change this week as a cold front moved up from the south.

"Eventually that will push all that heat out of Canberra unfortunately so we are looking like we are going to drop down to the mid to high 20s for the next few days and then probably start to go up around Friday," Ms Westcott said.

Wednesday is expected to be the coolest day this week, with a top of about 26 degrees. A few showers are forecast for Monday and Tuesday, when the mercury is expected to reach a top of 29 degrees and 27 degrees respectively. 

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