It was an eerie wake up in the 6ix this morning. A bright red Toronto sunrise provided residents with a unique experience early Monday, and it didn’t take long for people to take to Twitter with some stunning photographs of the moment.

The sunrise offered a beautiful escape for those who have been bogged down by the cloudy winter vibes, which have plagued much of this year’s fall season. However, others were a little spooked by this morning’s vivid colours with one Reddit thread even going as far as to call the event a “nuclear winter sunrise.”

To be fair, seeing red skies in the morning has always leaned towards the negative. In fact, the old phrase “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning,” actually holds some degree of truth to it.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the saying relates to moving high and low surface-pressure weather systems and the way that the colours in sunlight are scattered differently depending on whether the atmosphere is clean or dirty.

Basically, a low-pressure system, as in the kind that creates red sunrises, is associated with bad weather.

The whole thing gets even more bizarre when you look at Monday’s weather forecast, which doesn’t exactly highlight a perfect day to hit the water and go fishing. I mean, not that you would want to in November anyway.

Whether it genuinely predicts the weather or not didn’t seem to be on the minds of many Torontonians, who mostly just used the moment to get a good shot for the 'gram.

The sky lit up bright red for a majority of the morning sunrise, having Torontonians taking a second to admire the beauty of our city. 

It's hard to blame them because moments like this are precisely what Instagram is for.

Unfortunately, for late sleepers, the sunrise didn’t last too long.

If you weren’t up at the crack of dawn, you missed out on a pretty magical experience. Hopefully, next time, you’ll stick to your alarm.


There are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.


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