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Southern Ontario, Quebec embraced warmer than normal December


Southern Ontario and Quebec both saw a warmer than normal December
Southern Ontario and Quebec both saw a warmer than normal December

Staff writers

January 8, 2013 — Despite a few cold snaps felt in December, residents in southern Ontario and Quebec embraced a warmer than normal end to the year.

Heavy snow blasted southern Ontario Boxing Day
Heavy snow blasted southern Ontario Boxing Day

For many residents in southern Ontario and Quebec, the end of 2012 was wintery to say the least.

A powerful Boxing Day storm brought between 10-25 cm of snow to parts of Ontario, while places like Montreal were left digging out of 45 cm of snow.

That beat an all-time daily snowfall record set on March 4, 1971, when 43.2 cm fell in the city.

It also helped Montreal set a new monthly record for precipitation in December.

Despite the heavy snowfall recorded late in the month, temperatures across both provinces were actually warmer than normal for December.

Month in review
Month in review

"Temperatures across southern Ontario were a couple of degrees above normal for December," says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "Normally, Toronto sits at about 1C for daytime highs in December, but in December 2012, Toronto was 4C. The same goes for southwestern and eastern Ontario."

In fact, at the start of the month, parts of the region saw temperatures climb to near 20C.

"By the early morning hours on December 4, several communities in southern Ontario had already broken the daily temperature record, some dating back over 50 years ago," says Brian Dillon, another meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Temperatures across southern Quebec were also a couple of degrees above normal for December.

"Normally, Montreal sits at about -2C for daytime highs, but December 2012, Montreal was at about 0C. The same goes for Quebec City," says Vettese.

She adds that the past couple of years have been above normal with respect to temperatures.

"In more recent memory, the warming trend has been fairly noticeable...2010 however, proved to be a below normal year for temperatures in southern Ontario and Quebec, while 2008 and 2009 were fairly normal."

Wondering what the rest of the winter season will be like in your area? Be sure to check the Winter Outlook for all of the details.

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