Andrew Kaczmarek of Mississauga took advantage of the warm winds on Cherry Beach Friday to do a little kite surfing. Photo by Bernard Weil/Toronto Star
Toronto was the hot spot in the country on Friday, smashing the GTA the record by almost three degrees, said Environment Canada.
The GTA hit 30 C before noon, a temperature that was expected to rise throughout the day.
The hottest Sept. 24 on record was in 1968, when the mercury hit 27 C.
Usually higher than seasonal temperatures in the fall season are expected, “but to beat the record as early as 11 a.m. is really something,” said David Phillips, senior climatologist for Environment Canada.
“We’ve had it reach 30 C on Thanksgiving in the past, which is normal in the fall as the weather system changes,” he said.
Phillips said the sunny weather with fewer clouds than expected icaused the high temperatures.
But don’t to put away the warmer clothing yet. There is a 60 per cent chance of showers later Friday that will cool the temperatures, ushering a cold front that will produce highs of 17 C on Saturday and single digits Sunday morning.
The increasing temperatures during the Friday will only make the colder weather expected on the weekend more of a shock, Phillips said.
- Daniela Germano, Staff Reporter