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Sunshine lingers in Ontario, Quebec

Lisa Varano, staff writer

November 11, 2010 — It's been a sunny week in parts of Ontario and Quebec, and that trend is set to continue. Torontonians are soaking up every ray of sunshine.

Record warm temperatures felt in northern Ontario Thursday
Record warm temperatures felt in northern Ontario Thursday

It's been a week filled with sunshine, mainly clear skies and seasonal temperatures across southern Ontario and Quebec. And if that's the kind of weather you like, there's good news in your forecast.

'We're looking at more of the same as we head into the weekend,' says Michelle Cassar, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. 'Temperatures will remain on the mild side, as well.'

In fact, the city of Toronto could hit a daytime high of 13 on Saturday.

It's all thanks to a ridge of high pressure that has been dominating over both provinces. Some may have packed away the summer clothing by now, but avid golfers kept the clubs nearby.

'It's been fabulous, beautiful fall days, couldn't be better,' says one grateful golfer. Meanwhile another player on the course compares the weather this week to the summer months.

The weather has also been sunny and warm in parts of northern Ontario. On Wednesday, 15 communities set new temperature records. Fort Frances climbed all the way to 17°C. Dryden hit 14.9°C, while Sioux Lookout and Wawa hit 14.5°C.

And it was a similar story on Thursday as well. Kapuskasing and Timmins both felt temperatures over 14°C and Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie were sitting around 11 degrees during the afternoon hours.

Mild conditions expected to last through the weekend
Mild conditions expected to last through the weekend

This sunny stretch should also have you reaching for the sunscreen again. In fact, public health nurses in Durham region are reminding everyone to wear sunscreen all year long -- even in the winter. They also recommend sunglasses.

While the sun's harmful rays are a concern at any time of year, there are some issues that are unique to the fall. The falling leaves are slowing down commutes by train, while drivers are making appointments to change to winter tires. Ontario Provincial Police are advising people living in the province to take advantage of the dry weather and prepare their vehicles for winter.

To stay up-to-date on your local forecast, click our Ontario Cities Index. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the Regional Forecast comes up at the top of bottom of every hour.

With files from Lyndsay Morrison and Andrea Stockton

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