Ontario temperatures were 90 per cent above average last month


Published March 1, 2024 at 4:30 pm

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This winter has been much warmer than normal and the odd temperatures are expected to persist.

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) recently announced that throughout this winter season, Ontario has been exhibiting temperatures far above the traditional average and that this trend will likely spill into the spring season.

This unusual kind of weather has been seen everywhere this winter, as Ontario has experienced events ranging from the seasonal variety, like snowstorms. To the unseasonal, such as full-on displays of thunder and lightning in the middle of February and warm weather shutting down the ice skating season in some areas of the province.

In data supplied by the ECCC for February 2024, the majority of Southern Ontario was not just unseasonably warm, it was scoring in the 90th percentile for above-average temperatures across the country, with the template for provincial averages being collected from average categories from past decades. 

As for the remainder of Ontario, average temperatures were hovering around the 50th to 70th percentiles when it concerned above-average classifications, only increasing drastically in the southern end of the province. 

As for the rest of the country, the majority of central Canada, from Saskatchewan to Quebec, saw temperature anomalies skyrocket immensely. 

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