Latest weather forecast for the solar eclipse on Monday in Ontario


Published April 6, 2024 at 2:31 pm

Weather in southern Ontario during solar eclipse on Monday

The solar eclipse is just two days away!

Those eager for a clear view of this celestial phenomenon might want to check the weather forecast for Apil 8.

A solar eclipse happens when the moon moves between the sun and Earth. In Ontario, this spectacle will begin after 2 p.m. on Monday and conclude around 4:40 p.m.

In recent weeks, airports in the U.S. and Canada reported potential disruptions and delays due to the many people travelling to areas within the path of totality to witness the solar eclipse.

Last week, Niagara Falls declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the large number of visitors expected for the event, which has driven hotel rates up to a whopping $10,000 a night.

However, if heading out to Niagara isn’t an option, there are other locations in Ontario within the path of totality that you might consider visiting. These include Burlington, Hamilton, parts of Oakville, and areas to the east such as Kingston, Cobourg, Belleville and Prince Edward County.

Additionally, smaller communities such as Grimsby, Pelee Island, Port Colborne, St. Thomas, and other places in southwestern Ontario are also on the path of totality.

Residents in Mississauga and Toronto will only get a glimpse of the action with a partial solar eclipse.

2024 solar eclipse path and times

A map displaying the path of totality.

As of today (April 6), the weather forecast for many communities is calling for plenty of sunshine with cloudy periods.

According to Environment Canada, the forecast for Niagara Falls and St. Catherines will be a mix of sun and clouds with a high of 12 C. Hamilton will also be sunny and cloudy with daytime temperatures of 11 C. Burlington looks like it will be predominantly cloudy with temperatures sitting at 11 C.

Some communities in southwestern Ontario, such as St. Thomas and Port Colborne will experience a cloudy day with the possibility of rain.

Areas in the eastern part of the province, such as Kingston, are expected to be mainly sunny, with temperatures soaring to 13 C. Belleville and Coburg, on the other hand, will be overcast with temperatures reaching 13 C.

Yet, with weather forecasts often shifting, it’s too early to determine what it will look like on April 8.

Reviewing past weather patterns may help identify optimal viewing locations.

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s “April Sky Condition Climatology” chart, which examines cloud coverage from 1991 to 2020, suggests Kingston will most likely have clear skies and may be the best spot to observe the solar eclipse.

—With files from Karen Longwell. 

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