2019 is going out in a flourish. While this year's Toronto new year weather was much-discussed in the buildup to Christmas, the post-Dec. 25 period has really stepped up its game. In fact, the city broke two separate warm-weather records in the five days after the big day.

December 2019 continued its record of unusual and dramatic weather over the festive week.

While there was no real white Christmas for most in the GTA, the anticipated year-ending snow dump ultimately brought an ice rainstorm and other difficult conditions.

However, amid all the problems posed by those wintry conditions, two days in particular really had us wondering what season it was.

On Friday, December 27, a high of 10.6 C was recorded at Toronto Island's Billy Bishop Airport, according to Environment Canada. That beats EC's previous maximum record of 10.0 C set in 2008.

Then, after a chillier weekend, which brought difficult driving conditions, Monday got in on the action.

Temperatures of over 8 C were noted around the GTA on the afternoon of December 30. Environment Canada touts 9.7 C as the day's high, which smashes the old record of 7.2 C.

The previous record for the same day had been set over half a century ago in the 1960s.

That apparently makes Monday the warmest penultimate day of a year in the 6ix since Canada's government began recording this data in 1937.

So, after a December that has simply not been able to make up its mind, the GTA is getting off pretty easy to end 2019.

If you're hoping for near-double-digit temps to start off your 2020, though, that might be a stretch too far.

In fact, on New Year's Eve, a winter travel advisory was issued for southern Ontario due to snowfall and high winds.

While the start of the first week of the new decade is expected to remain pretty mild, "an abundance of frigid weather" is anticipated to have some impact on southern Ontario into next week.

So, definitely don't put those winter coats and scarves away just yet.


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