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Ontario experiences warmest December on record


Leeanna McLean
Digital Reporter

Friday, January 1, 2016, 4:22 PM - Canadians coast-to-coast have experienced unseasonable warmth in the past 30 days, to such great degree that Ontario had the warmest December on record.

The ongoing strong El Niño can be attributed to the mild pattern. However, as we move into January arctic air swings through the Great Lakes region, ushering in true winter-like conditions.

"With arctic air in place, we would also expect lake-effect snow squalls to ramp up across the Great Lakes in mid-January. December's mild conditions have left the lake water temperatures quite warm, which would provide prime conditions for some impressive snow bands in favoured areas," The Weather Network meteorologist Michael Carter reports. "Overall the message is to look out for cold and active weather in the east for the middle of the month."

Forecasters continue to watch a significant lake effect snow event that started on New Year's Eve and is expected to continue through the first week of 2016.

But before we head into a cool January, let's bask in the balmy temperature records of December 2015.



The following list shows the mean temperature for the month as well as the old record set in some of the major cities and towns across Ontario.

Windsor

New record of 4.7C

Old record of 3.1C in 2006

Records began in 1940

Hamilton

New record of 3.7C

Old record of 1.6C in 2006

Records began in 1959

Welland

New record of 4.6C

Old record of 2.9C in 2006

Records began in 1872

St. Catharines

New record of 5.0C

Old record of 3.3C in 2006

Records began in 1919

Toronto city

New record of 5.1C

Old record of 3.2C in 2001

Records began in 1840

Toronto Pearson Airport

New record of 4.1C

Old record of 1.9C in 2006

Records began in 1937

Wiarton

New record of 3.1C

Old record of 1.1C in 2006

Records began in 1947

Trenton

New record of 3.9C

Old record of 1.5C in 2006

Record began in 1935

Ottawa

New record of 1.2C

Old record of minus 1.4C in 2001

Records began in 1938

Sudbury

New record of minus 1.3C

Old record of minus 3.7C in 2001

Records began in 1954

Sault Ste. Marie

New record of 0.5C

Old record of minus 1.2C in 1994 and 2001

Records began in 1961

Timmins

New record of minus 4.4C

Old record of minus 5.8C in 1994

Records began in 1955

Kapuskasing

New record of minus 5.4C

Old record of minus 6.6C in 1994

Records began in 1937

Geraldton

New record of minus 7.1C

Old record of minus 7.9C in 2006

Records began in 1981

Thunder Bay

New record of minus 3.4C

Old record of minus 5.1C in 2001

Records began in 1941

Sioux Lookout

New record of minus 7.9C

Old record of minus 8.1C in 1939

Records began in 1938

Kenora

New record of minus 7.1C

Old record of minus 7.2C in both 1997 and 1939

Records began in 1938

Picke Lake

New record of minus 9.8C

Old record of minus 10.7C in 2001

Records began in 1990

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