Winter's last breath felt more like spring's first embrace.
In just about every major Canadian city, the month of March has been above seasonal.
Toronto's average high this month has been 9.5 degrees. That's 6.5 degrees above normal. And they aren't the only ones basking in the heat this month. Montreal has been 7.5 degrees above seasonal, while Halifax has been 5 degrees warmer than normal.
The numbers have also been dramatic in the western half of the province. Both Calgary and Saskatoon saw temperatures that were, on average, about six degrees above normal.
Not bad, considering most days in March were still technically 'winter.'
'Iíve never seen a year like this!' Environment Canada Senior Climatologist David Phillips told The Weather Network. 'This is the year that winter was cancelled in Canada!'
'The March sun is amazing!' says Weather Network meteorologist Chris Scott. 'Itís just as powerful as it is in September ... weíve got the sunshine under high pressure and youíve got above normal temperatures.'
Today, the city of Toronto is twice as warm as we would expect. The high is 14 degrees. And it's not only Canada that has been warmer than usual.
Last year was the fifth warmest on record across the globe, according to The United Nations' weather agency, the World Meteorological Organization.
It's not just your imagination. The world is getting hotter.
The past 10 years also hold the distinction of being the warmest decade on record, the World Meteorological Organization reports. And to top it all off, 2009 was a year of extreme weather, including droughts, floods, heatwaves and snowstorms.