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Toronto sets unofficial record high temperature of 14 C

Last Updated Dec 11, 2015 at 3:18 pm EST

Tennis anyone? Or perhaps golf?

The city of Toronto set an unofficial record Friday, hitting a high of 14 C at Pearson Airport, breaking the previous record of 13.2 C set in 1979.

Records are not official until after Environment Canada has confirmed them.

“Rain in December?” asked CityNews weatherman Frank Ferragine in this morning’s forecast. “We should be seeing snow!”

According to CityNews forecasts, the unusual warmth should last all the way until next weekend, when temperatures finally dip back below the zero mark. Temperatures are expected to range between 14 C today and Monday to a high of 3 C next Friday.

The record low temperature for Toronto on this date was -27.2 set in 1977.

Today’s weather was very different on this date a year ago.

On December 11, 2014, downtown Toronto was pummelled with 17 cm of snow that started early in the morning and continued until well after the suppertime rush. The daytime high temperature was -3 C.

Toronto police estimated about 200 crashes throughout the day, and for the first time ever, 680News traffic reporter Darryl Dahmer was advising motorists to quadruple their regular travel times.

The city of Toronto dispatched salt trucks early in the morning, and plows moved out at about 4 a.m. Pearson Airport was quick to issue a travel advisory as about 80 flights were delayed or cancelled by 6 a.m.

As much as a brown December may be a disappointment to some, isn’t today’s weather much better than the alternative?