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Is winter really over in southern Ontario?

March 24, 2010 — Between the sun and the rain it's looking and feeling more like spring in southern Ontario everyday. But meteorologist Chris Scott says don't get too hopeful just yet.

First rain. Then sun.

The first official week of spring in southern Ontario has seen two of the key ingredients to the season. Not to mention mild temperatures.

On Wednesday, Toronto hit a double digit high of 14 degrees. Warm enough for residents to get out and enjoy it.

So the question remains, is that it for winter in southern Ontario?

“We're on that battle zone between the warm air of summer that's starting to come from the south and this last shot of winter air that tries to come in from the north.” That from Weather Network's meteorologist Chris Scott.

Despite the battle, residents don't seem to be complaining when the sun is out. “I Love it! It's absolutely fantastic,” says one person Kelly Noseworthy caught up with in Oakville.

And although it may take some time, temperatures will continue to rise.

“It takes a little while for the atmosphere to respond to all this input of the sun's energy so it takes a little while for the overnight lows to start to rise, but they eventually do as we head through spring,” explains Scott.

Winter may be slowly making its way out of the region, but Scott says you're not in the clear just yet.

“Until that middle of April there is still a lot of mayhem that can happen in the atmosphere.”

Temperatures at the end of the work week are an example of just that. On Friday, Toronto is only expected to hit a high of zero for the day.

For the latest details on what this spring will bring your way, tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your Regional Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of each hour.

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