In Just 30 Years, Toronto Is Going To Have The Same Weather As Washington, D.C.

Temperatures are expected to rise by three degrees.
In Just 30 Years, Toronto Is Going To Have The Same Weather As Washington, D.C.
Ontario Editor

Since Canada has declared climate change as a national emergency, Parliament has agreed that one of Canada's top priorities is to combat the effects of global warming. While it was announced a few months ago that Canada is already warming, a new study shows exactly how much temperatures are expected to rise throughout Canada in the next thirty years. Canada's temperatures are expected to rise over three degrees by 2050 in some major cities. 

A report that was released a few months ago showcased that Canada is warming at more than twice the average global rate. It showcases that higher temperatures and extreme heat are expected to hit Canada quicker than the rest of the world. 

Crowther Lab has just released an analysis that showcases how quickly temperatures will rise over the next thirty-year in 520 major cities around the world. According to this study, some Candian cities will see their average temperature rise by more than three degrees by 2050. 

This study means that by 2050 the city of Toronto will have an annual temperature increase by 3°C, with the warmest month likely increasing by 5.9°C. To put that in perspective, in thirty-one years, Toronto will feel more like the temperatures that Washington, D.C. is currently facing today. 

Meanwhile, the city of Ottawa is expected to have an annual temperature increase of 3.1°C, with the warmest month increasing by 5.7°C. This increase in temperature will make the climate of Ottawa feel similar to that of current-day Pittsburgh. 

Montreal will see an annual temperature change of 3.2°C by 2050 and its climate will resemble that of Cincinnati, Ohio.  

However, while temperatures are expected to rise by 2050, many argue that these rising temperatures are already here. CTV recalls that last year there was a massive heatwave in Ontario and Quebec that killed around seventy people. 

This year, heatwaves are spreading throughout Europe that has reached over 45°C, which raised the planets global average temperature by 0.1 degrees. 

According to previous studies, temperatures around the world could rise so quickly that cities such as Shanghai, Dubai and New Delhi could become unlivable by 2100 due to the heat. 

To view the full interactive map of expected temperatures by 2050, you can click here. 

Allysha Howse
Ontario Editor