Warmest Valentine’s Day in 69 years forecast for Hamilton


Published February 13, 2023 at 7:58 pm

Whether you treat tomorrow as Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, Palentine’s Day, or Tuesday, Hamilton could have the warmest Feb. 14 in seven decades.

Temperatures that are well above seasonal are expected to last into next week in Hamilton, which is in the second-most climate-vulnerable region of Canada. Data from Environment and Climate Change Canada and weather historian Rolf Campbell, whose records predate the current weather station in Hamilton, indicate a historically high temperature is likely.

The forecast high is 8C, complemented by clouds and south-southwest winds in the 15 to 35 km/h range. That would be the highest Feb. 14 temperature in the city since 1954, which is 69 years ago. Since the current weather station was built, the warmest Feb. 14 came in 1984, when it was 7.8C

Hamilton currently has no snow cover for the fifth time since 1990 at this stage of winter. It has had 2 cm or fewer of snow cover in mid-February in four of the last five years.

Snow was washed away by heavy rain last Thursday (Feb. 9). Some 28.8 millimetres of rain was recorded, which also stands as the third-rainiest Feb. 9 that Hamilton has experienced. That was also the heaviest rainfall so far in 2023 as it easily surpassed the total of 16.6 mm that fell during a deluge on Jan. 4.

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