It’s been a day of record breaking temperatures in the city.
The first was broken at 10.30.am this morning when the temperature reached 9.7 degrees at Pearson Airport, breaking the previous high temperature record for February 3rd, set back in 1991.
But it didn’t end there, at 2.p.m, the airport recorded an incredible 15.5 degree Celsius, that value breaking the all time high temperature record for any time during the month of February.
The previous all time temperature record for the month was 14.9 degrees set back on February 23rd, 1984.
Speaking of the unseasonably warm weather, Environment Canada’s Geoff Coulson says its ”pretty unusual” adding that ”when you’re saying an observation site at Pearson which has been around since 1937, if it’s never experienced a temperature as warm as this, this is definitely a noteworthy day.”
The record continues a trend this winter of milder temperatures. We broke records in December for warm temperatures and January was also warmer than normal.
By next week though, we’ll be back to below seasonal temperatures with highs of -5 and -7.
Coulson also says we’re also on pace to beat the record for the least snow in one winter, the lowest amount of snow we had in one winter was in 2011-12 when Pearson got about 43 cm of snow.
So far we’ve had just under 14 cm this winter and there are no major systems in the long term forecast. Coulson warns though that there is still plenty of winter to come.