More rain and thunderstorms for Wednesday
Rain will be landing in Toronto over the next few days like “like jumbo jets on an airport tarmac,” says David Phillips, a meteorologist with Environment Canada.
As much as 30 mm of rain could fall by Wednesday, and thunderstorms are expected to continue Wednesday, Phillips said.
“April has the reputation of being a soggy month, but it really isn’t,” Phillips said.
While the latest dumping is formidable, it’s nothing like April 11, 1992, when 55.8 mm fell in Toronto, still a single-day record in April.
The average rainfall in April is 68 mm. But 75 mm have already fallen this April, not including Tuesday’s drenching.
“It’s like [the weather is] nickel and diming you,” Phillips said. “You’re not being drenched, you’re being irritated. It’s like umbrella up and down, windshield wipers off and on.”
Including Wednesday’s showers, there has been rain in 10 of the past 12 days and 16 days of rain through 26 days in April.
And it’s not just the soggy weather — the temperature this month has been lower than normal. In 2010, there were 28 days in April where the temperature reached at least 10C. This year, there have only been 14 days this month where the temperature has reached 10C.
“It’s been a depressing month,” Phillips said. “And it’s not the election and it’s not because it’s tax month, it’s because of the weather.”
Liam Casey and Madeleine White Staff Reporters