This winter was the 3rd warmest on record for Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton and beyond


Published May 17, 2023 at 1:32 pm

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This winter packed some wallops with snow but overall it was a warm one in Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton and across southern Ontario.

The season started with not much snow or chances for winter sports in December or January.

A couple of winter storms hit in February and March bringing big dumps of snow and frigid winds.

But according to a report from Environment Canada, southern Ontario (Great Lake/St. Lawrence region) had its third warmest winter in 2022-23 at 4.2 C above the baseline average (defined as the mean over the 1961–1990 reference period).

Environment Canada’s Climate Trends and Variations Bulletin – Winter 2022/2023 summarizes recent climate data and presents it in a historical context.

Across Canada, the national average temperature for the winter was 1.9 C above the baseline average, which has ranked the 19th warmest observed since nationwide recording began in 1948.

Most of Canada experienced temperatures at least 1 C above the baseline average but eastern and southern Ontario temperatures were more than 4 C above the baseline average, the report notes.

Winter temperatures have warmed by 3.4 C over the past 76 years across Canada. With the exception of 2014 and 2022, average winter temperatures have remained above the baseline average since 1996.

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And it looks as if Ontario can expect a warm summer this year too.

Environment Canada senior meteorologist David Phillips has said the summer predictions will be out at the end of May but a warmer-than-normal summer is expected for the majority of Canada.

For the full report, see the website here.

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