Toronto breaks weather record for 2nd-straight day as temperatures reach 13 C

We could hit a record high on Wednesday. Natasha Ramsahai with how warm it could get and what to expect for the rest of the week.

By Michael Ranger and Lucas Casaletto

Toronto broke a February weather record for the second-straight day as the temperature surpassed 13 C, shattering a previous high set in 1954.

CityNews chief meteorologist Natasha Ramsahai said the temperature recorded at Toronto Pearson was 13.4 C as of the afternoon, breaking the old daily record high of 12.2 C set on Feb. 15, 1954.

Toronto broke a 39-year record on Tuesday when temperatures reached 9 C at Toronto Pearson, surpassing the Feb. 14 record of 8 C set in 1984.

A special weather statement remains in effect in Toronto and parts of the GTA, with some areas also under a wind warning.

“Temperatures are expected to soar into the low to mid double digits (Wednesday), making it feel more like late March or early April,” reads the weather statement. “These warm temperatures will help create windy conditions with wind gusts up to 80 km/h.”

The weather agency warns the gusts could be strong enough to toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break. Winds are expected to weaken by the evening.

CityNews meteorologist Jill Taylor says the strongest wind will likely be reserved for areas at the west end of Lake Ontario, including Oakville, Burlington, and Hamilton.

“Toronto and the rest of the GTA will still have strong wind, but it’s not the warning criteria,” she says.

Temperatures will drop and return to average highs on Thursday, with rain showers and a high of 4 C expected in Toronto.

It’s expected to be much colder on Friday, with a forecasted high of -3 C and a mix of sun and clouds. The weekend will be warmer, with sunny skies and a high of 4 C forecasted for Saturday, followed by overcast conditions and a high of 3 C on Sunday.

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