Spring has sprung. Well, not quite yet but it may feel like it today, especially in Toronto. In fact, Toronto is actually one of the warmest places in Canada right now. According to Environment Canada, at 2°C above freezing today, Toronto is not only one of the warmest major cities in all of Canada but also one of the warmest places in the whole country.
This warm weather even rivals Vancouver, typically the warmest Canadian capital in the winter. There it is currently 3°C, which is only one degree warmer than in Toronto today. Toronto isn't the only warm place either. Today in Ottawa, Ontario's other major city, they are also enjoying this above freezing, 2°C weather.
This early spring thaw is thanks to a rush of warm air coming through Toronto and Southern Ontario from the Gulf of Mexico. The warm air is sending temperatures above freezing today, but they are expected to rise even more tomorrow and throughout the weekend. It's going to get so warm that right now the Weather Network has forecasted temperatures of 7°C on Sunday. That is almost positive double digits.
Meanwhile, other parts of the country aren't enjoying the warmer weather like Toronto is.
According to Environment Canada, other major cities in Canada are still suffering through freezing temperatures. For example, while it's only -1°C in Montreal, Quebec City is down at -6°C.
It's even worse out east and on the prairies. Temperatures in St. John's, Newfoundland and Charlottetown, PEI are hovering around -10°C. Out west, prairie cities like Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg all are sitting below -15°C today.
While Toronto is among the warmest cities right now, there are still some even colder places in Canada today. For example, in the territories, they are facing some frigid temperatures today.
Whitehorse, Yukon is only -9°C but Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territories, is even colder at -19°C. Meanwhile, it's not surprising that in Iqaluit, Nunavut it is absolutely freezing at -31°C today.
Even at that frigid temperature, Iqaluit isn't the coldest place in Canada today. That unfortunate honour goes to Eureka, Nunavut which is -39.3°C today.