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Temperatures recover for the long weekend; Cool start to August in southern Ontario

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Dr. Doug Gillham
Meteorologist, PhD

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 4:46 PM - For the second day in a row, the weather across southern Ontario feels more like mid-September than the final week of July and this cool weather pattern will continue through Thursday.

Toronto will conclude July without reaching 30ºC at Pearson airport. Over the past 15 years we have averaged eight 30ºC days during the month of July. While not reaching 30ºC is unusual, it certainly is not unprecedented as we did not reach 30ºC during July in 2009 and 2000 and we only 30ºC once during July in 2004.


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While there is no hot weather in the long range forecast, temperatures will recover towards seasonal as we head into the long weekend. On Friday, we will continue to have the threat for isolated showers and thunderstorms, but most of the day will be rain-free across southern Ontario.

Both Saturday and Sunday will bring a mixture of sun and clouds with near seasonal temperatures, but we will continue to see the threat for passing showers or thunderstorms during the afternoons and evenings. So, while you shouldn’t need to cancel your weekend plans due to the threat for showers, be prepared for a couple of interruptions from the pleasant weather.

There is still some uncertainty about the forecast for Monday. A front will approach southern Ontario on Monday, but at this point we think that it will hold off in crossing the region until Monday night or Tuesday. If that occurs, Monday should be mostly sunny and drier across southern Ontario. However, if the front comes through more quickly, we will have the threat for a period of more widespread rain and thunderstorms late in the day. Please check back for updates as we fine tune the forecast.

After the front crosses the region Monday night, temperatures will return to a few degrees below seasonal for much of next week with highs in the low to mid-twenties. While it will not be as cool as the fall-like weather that we are currently experiencing, there is no sign of mid-summer heat through at least the first week of August.

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