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Nearly 160 weather records broken this month alone

The GTA appears to have skipped spring, at least temporarily, as historic warm weather and summer-like conditions continue.

Nearly 160 daily high-temperature records have been shattered this month in Ontario — some by as many as 14 degrees, according to Environment Canada. If the trend continues, March 2012 could go down as the month with the “warmest departure from normal of any month for Toronto,” the agency said Wednesday.

“Even across northern Ontario the snow pack has been melting at inconceivable rates,” Environment Canada said in a special weather statement.

Toronto broke yet another record on Wednesday morning, smashing the previous record high of 17.8 C set in 1948 by one-tenth of a degree. The forecast high for Wednesday is 23 C.

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A smog advisory issued for Hamilton on Tuesday remains in effect.

Thursday’s forecast high of 26 C is expected to shatter the all-time record high of 25.6 C for the month of March set in 1945 and matched in 1946.

“This warm spell is also remarkable for its duration,” Environment Canada said. “It is more reminiscent of a persistent summer heat wave. The warm spell is projected to last through Thursday after which a cold front will introduce somewhat cooler air (but still above normal) on Friday.”

Breakfast Television weather specialist Frank Ferragine said the city could see the risk of a thunderstorm Thursday night as the cold front moves in.