[URBAN NOTE] On the belated arrival of winter in Ontario
The National Post's Ben Forrest notes the ongoing cold snap in Toronto, the coldest it's been in two years. (And yet it may still be warmer than average, once the daily temperatures are averaged.)
Toronto dipped just below -20 C Wednesday morning, the coldest it’s been since January 2011, but with the wind chill, it felt closer to -26 C . The city has been under an extreme cold weather alert since Monday after enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures through December and early January.
Ottawa, where a wind chill warning is in effect, is also being lashed by the chilly blast. The city shivered through its coldest morning in eight years on Wednesday after hitting -28 C. It will only get colder in the capital, with Environment Canada calling for a low of -29 Wednesday night with a wind chill of -38 C. Thursday the high will hit -19, with a wind chill of -42.
A wind chill warning is also in effect in Montreal, where the city is predicted to hit a high of just -23 on Wednesday, but a freezing breeze will make it feel -38. Gusts to 50 km/h will mean a high of just -16 on Thursday with a wind chill of -32.
Snow squalls also ripped through parts of Ontario overnight, according to Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson. Squall warnings are still in effect for parts of Bruce County, and below-seasonal temperatures are expected through Saturday, Coulson said.
But with a warm front expected early next week, Toronto’s average temperature for January could still be higher than normal, Coulson added. The city’s average temperature through Tuesday was -1.2 C, compared to the normal average of -6.3 C.