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Temperatures soar across southern Ontario, but is this IT for winter?

Wednesday, March 4th 2020, 12:00 pm - You can breathe a sigh of relief for the next two weeks with more sunshine, and above seasonal temperatures across most of Ontario. But we know better, winter isn't quite done yet.

After some potent late-winter conditions put southern Ontario right back into the heart of the season, the start of March -- and 'meteorological spring' -- will bring a much more spring-like feel to the region.

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Over the next two weeks, above seasonal temperatures will dominate across southern Ontario, with daytime highs several degrees above the freezing mark pretty much a guarantee as the jet stream ushers in milder air.

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At times, the sun will be shining, the birds may even be chirping, but that does not mean that you should race to the local garage to take off those winter tires.

Visit our Complete Guide to Spring 2020 for an in-depth look at the Spring Forecast, tips to plan for it and much more

QUITE THE CONTRAST FROM THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR

This time last year was very different and you might remember what felt like the never ending winter season. In fact, the numbers would support that thinking as well.

Last March, temperatures for the city of Toronto averaged at -0.1°C. The start of the month in particular was absolutely brutal with a daytime high of -26.6°C recorded for March 2 and then March 3 also featuring a bitter daytime high of -21.3°C. It was not until March 11 that we actually even got to above freezing.

MORE APRIL SNOW ON RECORD THAN NOT

There is an abundance of close by Arctic air locked up over Hudson Bay and it would not take much to tap into even a little of this over the course of the month. While most computer models show that the next two weeks appear to be consistently above seasonal, the end of March could end up being a very different story.

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Consider this: In the 75 years of record keeping for Toronto, there have only been 15 Aprils in history that have not included some sort of snow during that month.

With that in mind, it's best to keep the snow shovels and the snow blowers handy just incase.

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