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CBC News’ Kate McGillivray reports that this February just past is the warmest Toronto has been ever recorded as experiencing.
It’s official — Toronto just lived through the warmest February in at least 80 years, says Dave Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada.
“It also had the warmest February temperature ever, up to 17.7 C on the 23rd,” which broke records going back to the 1840s, he told CBC Radio’s Metro Morning.
The month didn’t start off this way.
“We had temperatures at -12 C,” said Phillips. “We had a month’s worth of snow in the first ten days.”
After that, the jet stream, a narrow band of strong wind, moved “almost into a summer position, well north of us in Northern Ontario. It allowed the warm air to just flood into Southern Ontario,” he said.
All that warm air led to 12 days in a row with melting record temperatures. “So clearly, the look and the feel of winter disappeared in February,” Phillips said.
Just metres from the cold waters of Lake Ontario, the fields of the Kew Gardens Tennis Club were greening already on the 24th of February.
The Toronto Star‘s Evelyn Kwong reported early this morning bout yesterday’s record-breaking temperatures. Today was cooler, as predicted. Walking by Lake Ontario down at Woodbine Beach this afternoon, this late February day felt like a cool spring day.
Torontonians enjoyed an especially balmy day Thursday, but it wasn’t just a record high for Feb. 23; it was the warmest February day on record.
Spring temperatures soared to 17.7 C by early afternoon, before cooling down to 12 C closer to the evening.
The previous record for the warmest day ever in February was set last year on Feb. 3 with a high of 16 C. Weather records for Toronto started in 1938. The temperatures also shattered a 33-year-old record high of 14.9 C for Feb. 23, set in 1984.
On Friday, temperatures are expected to dip down back down to a high of 6 C, which is still over the average temperature for February. There will be a 30-per-cent chance of rain and drizzle, and possible thunderstorms.