Unseasonable Christmas long weekend weather forecast for southern Ontario


Published December 22, 2023 at 2:56 pm

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Those looking for a classic, snowy Christmas won’t get it in southern Ontario.

In fact, the weather is looking unseasonably warm for the long weekend, particularly on Dec. 25.

The snow the region had earlier in the week has melted in most areas around southern Ontario and currently, there is no more in the forecast.

And while there is a special weather statement for freezing rain tonight, it likely won’t last long.

The weather starts to warm up Saturday (Dec. 23) with temperatures around 3 C with rain in the forecast.

It gets a bit warmer on Sunday with a high of 7 C, and even warmer on Christmas day with a high of 9 C in Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville and Burlington. Hamilton has a high of 10 C in the forecast for Monday.

Unfortunately, the skies are looking cloudy with no chance of snow.

The Christmas day forecast is unseasonably warm.

The average high for Mississauga and Brampton on Dec. 25 is -0.5 C, and the low is -8.3 C, according to Environment Canada.

The coldest Dec. 25 was in 1980 when the temperature plunged to a bone-chilling -27.6 C. The warmest Christmas day was just two years later in 1982 when the thermometer swung up to 15.7 C.

The most snow on the ground was in the year 2000 when 33 centimetres was recorded in southern Ontario.

But people won’t have to wait long for another blast of snow. The weather looks like it may get cooler again later next week with a chance of flurries on Wednesday and Thursday.

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