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Record warmth possible in Ontario


Temperatures warming up in southern Ontario
Temperatures warming up in southern Ontario

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

February 16, 2011 — Temperatures are on the rise in southern Ontario and by Friday, some records could be broken.

Widespread flash freeze warnings were issued Monday
Widespread flash freeze warnings were issued Monday

After an icy morning commute in southern Ontario Wednesday, residents are starting to loosen their scarves as temperatures rise.

“Temperatures will be steadily climbing each day, and by Friday the city of Toronto could reach the double digits,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “We'll be flirting near record temperatures on both Thursday and Friday.”

The record temperature for February 17 in Toronto is 7.4°C, while the record for February 18 is 10.6°C.

The warm-up comes as a welcomed changed from the frigid conditions earlier this week. Toronto was sitting around 6°C in the early morning hours of Monday, but 24 hours later the temperature was hovering around -13°C.

The combination of Sunday's melting snow and Monday's rapid temperature drop prompted Environment Canada to issue flash freeze warnings. Slush and puddles quickly turned to ice, making for slick conditions on roads and sidewalks.

Strong winds across southern Ontario Monday
Strong winds across southern Ontario Monday

“Flash freezing usually happens along the cold front that separates two different air masses and usually one air mass is really warm and the other one is really cold so once the cold front passes, because of the huge difference of the air masses the difference in temperature is so drastic,” explains Elena Grigorenko, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Still, flash freezing wasn't the only weather concern on Monday. The winds were howling across Ontario. A gust of 78 km/h was recorded at Toronto's Pearson International Airport. Winds were clocking in at 68 km/h in Ottawa, and Long Point in southwestern Ontario recorded a gust of 87 km/h. At one point on Monday afternoon, Hydro One reported more than 2,000 customers without power.

For more details on the warm-up expected this week, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the Regional Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

With files from Jill Colton and Andrea Stockton

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