Rain, snow and below seasonal temperatures. For residents in southern Ontario, that's the best way to describe the month of April this year.
A recent wintery wallop brought mixed precipitation to the region earlier this week. Several drivers were faced with slick roads and poor driving conditions. Cool temperatures have also left residents wondering what happened to the spring season.
So far this April, the city of Toronto has experienced nine days with a daytime high below 10°C. In April 2010, the city only saw temperatures drop below 10 degrees twice.
“The La Niña weather pattern is contributing to these cooler temperatures,” says Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
La Niña, meaning the little girl, names the appearance of cooler than normal waters in the eastern and central Pacific Ocean. Simply put, it's called “a cold event.”
“And while temperatures are warming into the double digits on Friday, they'll dip again through the Easter long weekend as another system moves through,” says Cheng. “It's all part of the spring swing.”