This weekend marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. Although it's a sure sign that winter is inching closer, you wouldn't know it in Ontario on Wednesday.
Residents were shedding the layers as temperatures climbed throughout the day. The town of Collingwood was the hotspot of the entire country at 20.1°C and Toronto reached a daytime high of nearly 19°C.
Temperatures were ideal for spending time outside and some golfers that we caught up with say they couldn't get enough of the “perfect” conditions.
“It's just like a summer day, the only thing is, it's not that hot, so you're not out there sweating or anything and you're much more invigorated to move around the course.”
Another golf enthusiast was a little more optimistic about the conditions.
“I hope to play all winter, I just got back from Florida and it rained all week.”
It cooled down later in the week, but Rob Davis, a meteorologist at The Weather Network, says that temperatures will climb again after the weekend. “By the end of the weekend, we should have temperatures in the teens,” he said. “That's 5-10 degrees above seasonal.”
Despite the recent warm up, some people can't help but think of the winter season ahead. David Phillips, Senior Climatologist at Environment Canada warns that it could be pretty similar to last year.
“This year there's been a re-emergence of the La Niña we had last year. So I think in some ways, this winter will be more similar to last year than the winter before. That was the 2009/10 Olympic winter when it was one of the shortest and most benign winters we had in Canada.”
Be sure to check the Canadian Cities Index to learn about the weather in your neighbourhood.
With files from Cheryl Santa Maria and Hilary Hagerman