Typically, March is the start of spring. The time when the snow starts to melt, the sun shines more, and if you're lucky, flowers and cherry blossoms begin to bloom. Not in Toronto though. This year March brought snow, ice, cold temperatures, and lots of wind. It was so bad that the Yukon was officially warmer than Toronto this past month.
Typically the northern parts of Canada are colder given the fact that they are literally in the Arctic, but that wasn't the case last month. In fact, one of Canada's Northern capitals had nicer weather than it's southern-most capital.
According to meteorologists at The Weather Network, Whitehorse, Yukon had more warm days in March than Toronto did. In fact, Toronto only had two days above 10°C while Whitehorse had nine days above 10°C. On top of that, the warmest day all month in Whitehorse was 13.8°C while in Toronto the warmest day was only 12.5°C. To make matters worse, the average daytime high in Whitehorse for March was 4.7°C while in Toronto the average was only 3.1°C.
While this weather situation seems totally bizarre and lowkey disrespectful to Toronto, there is a reason for it.
If you're wondering where the warmth went in southern Ontario last month, it turns out Whitehorse, Yukon saw more warm days in March than Toronto.— The Weather Network (@weathernetwork) 3 April 2019
Meteorologist @MurphTWN tells us why & how the start of April is shaping up for opposite ends of the country https://t.co/FNQ8yRLLCV pic.twitter.com/hzA7BD8kz1
According to Chris Murphy, a Weather Network meteorologist, the warmth in the Yukon was actually caused by an unusual high-pressure system that resulted in much warmer weather and even "record-breaking temperatures" across most of Western Canada, including that northern part.
This is spring in Canada though and just when things are starting to look up, Mother Nature sends you a curveball. So while today is sunny and around 7 or 8°C in Toronto today, albeit a bit windy, the temperature has plummeted in the Yukon.
In Whitehorse, it is only -2°C today and according to Murphy that is actually below seasonal, even for the territory which tends to be colder than other provinces.
In both Whitehorse and Toronto, the temperatures will continue to rise this week but fortunately for Toronto, the temperatures there will finally remain a little bit warmer.