PTC Web Desk: In an extraordinary turn of weather events on Friday, Toronto experienced a historic temperature surge, breaking an 86-year-old record for warmth in February. Unofficial data from Environment Canada revealed that the temperature at Toronto Pearson International Airport soared to 11.4°C at 10 am, surpassing the previous record of 10.6°C set in 1938. By noon, the temperature had reached an astonishing 13.4°C, expected to peak at 14°C by 4 p.m.
Senior climatologist Dave Phillips expressed the exceptional nature of the weather, describing it as "quite unusual" and akin to full spring. He noted that these temperatures are typically seen at the end of April, not just days before Valentine's Day.
The historical significance of this warm spell goes beyond the airport data, as Toronto City weather records, dating back to 1841, indicate that the warmest February 9 ever recorded was 10°C. Therefore, Friday's temperature effectively breaks a 183-year-old record as well.
A mix of sun and clouds accompanied the warmth on Friday, with a potential risk of isolated showers in the afternoon. While Saturday is expected to be mainly cloudy with a chance of morning and midday showers, reaching a high of 10°C, temperatures will pull back to 3°C on Sunday. The following week may see a chance of isolated flurries.
Dave Phillips cautioned that this warm episode might be just a "teaser." Despite the temporary spring-like conditions, the forecast suggests a return to more seasonable temperatures over the next month, with the possibility of temperatures below freezing during the daytime and more snowfall.
On average, Toronto typically receives 40 centimeters of snow, or a third of the city’s total winter snowfall, after February 9. However, this winter has been relatively mild, with the greatest snowfall measuring only 5.6 centimeters.
Phillips concluded, "My sense is this is kind of a little teaser. It's not the full [winter] effect, but it sure adds to the openness and the softness of the winter that we've had so far."
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