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Southern Ontario embraces record heat in December


Staff writers
December 5, 2012 — Tuesday was a record breaking day across parts of southern Ontario as temperatures climbed to near 20C. How do you feel about mild December weather?


Torontonians hit the beach on Tuesday as temperatures climbed over 16 degrees
Torontonians hit the beach on Tuesday as temperatures climbed over 16 degrees

Beach weather in December?

Residents in southern Ontario were using any excuse to get outdoors and enjoy the record breaking warmth on Tuesday.

"By the early morning hours on Tuesday, several places had already broken the daily temperature record, some dating back over 50 years ago," says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Ottawa certainly wrote a new page in the record book after reaching a new all-time record high for the entire month of December.

The city hit 17.6C smashing a record of 16.3C set on December 3, 1998.

The hot spot of the province and entire country for that matter, was Brockville, which saw temperatures skyrocket to 19.5C on Tuesday.

Ottawa broke its all-time single day temperature record
Ottawa broke its all-time single day temperature record

Rain showers accompanied the record heat across the region, which left some people hoping for snow instead.

"I'm a winter person and I like skating and snowboarding so rain and mild temperatures doesn't really help for that," said one Torontonian we caught up with. "It's the Christmas season and we don't want to be sitting in the rain," said another.

The rare December t-shirt weather was short lived, with a return to more seasonal conditions for the rest of this week.

"A cold front that pushed through the province Tuesday afternoon helped drop temperatures significantly," says Dillon. "Many people woke up to double digits on Tuesday and by Wednesday, it will be closer to 1C."

Be sure to check the2012/2013 Winter Outlookfor a look at the winter season ahead.

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