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Air show takes to sky

A popular air show in Toronto was grounded.
A popular air show in Toronto was grounded.

Jill Colton, staff writer

September 5, 2010 — The skies are the limit for the Canadian International Air Show. The end-of-summer tradition was back on Sunday after high winds forced organizers to cancel the event Saturday.

The snowbirds were flying sky-high on Sunday at the Canadian International Air Show.

The annual C.N.E. event was put on hold on Saturday because of severe winds. Air show spokesperson Colleen Swider says gusts of up to 70 km/h caused choppy waters on Lake Ontario. The planes weren't able to fly because the wind created huge swells on the water. The waves would limit the ability of emergency crews to respond in a timely manner if there was an accident. There hasn't been a cancellation of the air show in about 10 years, she says.

However, the show must go on, and in this case it was back in full force on Sunday. Winds were gusting at around 20 km/h, making conditions fine for rescue boats on Lake Ontario.

In an interview before the event, Swider said that every plane would be in the air, and all boats would be on the water, including the HMCS Fredericton, which was docked in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Navy. The air show marks the final days of the C.N.E., the late summer tradition in Toronto. The last day of The Ex is on Monday, which is Labour Day.

People watching the show were wise to wear a jacket and pack an umbrella because temperatures were still cool across the region and there was the chance of an isolated shower.

Sun seekers shouldn't worry about the fall-like conditions. The mercury is set to climb back into seasonal territory on Monday. “Into the long range, temperatures will be around seasonal and we'll get some peeks of sun over the next little while... Summer's not over yet,” says Michelle Cassar, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network.

With files from Lisa Varano

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