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Could the groundhog be right? Spring wave continues in GTA

CityNews | posted Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017

Double-digits on the plus side in February? Yes, it is true.

The recent wave of mild weather continues in Toronto and the GTA on Thursday, and the temperature is poised to shatter a record that has stood for more than 30 years. The high is expected to hit 15 C, which would break the record of 14.9 C set at Pearson International Airport in 1984.

680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said although the day will start cloudy, there will be some sunshine for the afternoon. Not to put a damper on your good mood, but there is a chance of showers or isolated thunderstorms accompanied by a gusty wind.

Rain continues on Friday as the temperature cools down to a high of 5 C. The above-seasonable weather makes a comeback on Saturday with a high of 10 C, although it will be windy and rainy.

The warmer weather comes on the heels on what felt like a balmy long weekend in Ontario, smashing weather records in the province.

On Saturday, Toronto set a record high for Feb. 18, with the mercury hitting 11.9 C at Pearson. The previous record for that day was set in 2011 at 10.8 C.

Earlier this month, Ontario’s Wiarton Willie and Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam both predicted an early spring. Could they be right? Only time will tell.

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