Toronto forecast: Summer's 'dry run'
“Finally, it’s arrived.”
The sunshine, that is.
“We went almost from slush to sweat,” said Dave Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada. “We came out of the wettest, coolest springs in a long time.”
Toronto will see seven days in a row of above-average temperatures, Phillips said.
Today’s high expected to hit 26 C, four degrees warmer than the average for this time of the year in Toronto.
The temperature will rise to 30 C on Tuesday, dipping to 23 C on Wednesday and 24 C on Thursday as the air mass cools off, Phillips said.
After a cloudy Friday, Torontonians can expect a warm and sunny weekend at 26 C.
The last time we’ve seen temperatures above 30 was Sept. 24, according to Phillips.
“There’s a collective, ‘Yippee!’ that’s taking place across the GTA. This may very well be the dry run of what our summer will be,” he said.
But Environment Canada has issued a humidity advisory for the region, which will experience some muggy weather caused by warm air flowing from the Gulf of Mexico, Phillips said.
This summer is shaping up to be warmer than average, and it is possible Toronto will get more storms, but Phillips says it’s not something climatologists can forecast.
“When you have warmer than normal summers, you can get severe weather.”
Ontario, on average, gets about 12 tornadoes a year. Last year we had 11 and 28 the year before.
Toronto also gets hit by lightning more than any other city in Canada.
“Summer comes with a warning label: enjoy but it can be severe,” he said.
But Phillips says we won’t see the kind of destructive tornadoes that ravished the American midwest in Ontario.
In the meantime, get outdoors and enjoy the warm weather while it lasts.
“Don’t procrastinate because winter will be here sooner than we want it to be. This is the great exodus for Canadians.”
--Amanda Khan, Staff Reporter