It might be safe to say that no one's ever truly ready for the winter weather when it hits the GTA. After the craziness that was Halloween, though, we're perhaps more prepared than usual. That's just as well, because the Toronto weather this week is bringing below-freezing temperatures and, yes, snow.
Get ready to bundle up this week because real-feel temperatures are about to plummet into the negative. Wind gusts, rain, and snow all call for staying indoors, or at least wrapping up well when you do go out.
Although parts of Ontario have already received their first snowfall, Toronto hasn't had a taste of it just yet. But now it seems like the winter weather predictions are starting to come true. Toronto and the GTA will get its first snowfall this week and it's going to be a cold one.
According to The Weather Network, southerly wind gusts and rain showers will make life pretty difficult during the week, leaving most of Ontario freezing.
"Peak gusts are likely to exceed 60 km/h at times, especially along the lake shores," says TWN. So, although you may feel it start to warm up just a little bit on Tuesday, don't expect it to last.
The dreaded 0°C real-feel will arrive in the GTA, from Toronto to Mississauga to out beyond the GTA around Hamilton, as soon as Wednesday.
By Friday it's going to feel as low as -5°C in the daytime with some pretty brutal wind.
And this is if you're in the southern portions of the GTA. If you're further north — think East Gwillimbury, Aurora, and nearby areas — that below-zero real-feel is hitting even harder. It'll feel as low as -7 in some northern regions of the GTA.
That's mainly because, halfway through the week, you can expect some messy rain and snow combos to add to your day, which sounds super fun and awesome. While not much is going to stick on the ground in the city at this stage, it doesn't sound appealing.
The wind chills, in particular, are going to leave you wishing you stayed home. "A blast of Arctic air will take aim at the Great Lakes region late this week," says TWN's Dr. Doug Gillham.
"Another cold front will cross the region on Sunday with a period of snow showers followed by the coldest air of the season thus far, with bands of lake effect snow squalls," says Gillham. He warns people to expect a pretty cold start to next week with colder-than-normal temperatures, too.
And, if you're gonna be out after dark, you can expect these real-feel temperatures to drop by another couple of degrees Celsius, at least.
So, take note. And don't forget, this is only November, so expect to face more craziness ahead. It's supposed to be a cold, cold winter this year.