New record temperature set on hot May day
Published Friday, May 25, 2012 8:44PM EDT
A blanket of hot and sticky weather hanging over southern Ontario was enough to break weather records from Toronto to Windsor by Friday afternoon.
The high in Toronto Friday topped out at 30.7 C, surpassing the Environment Canada prediction of 30 C in the Toronto area.
That was more than enough to break the old record of 28.8 C, which was set in 2010.
It was much the same story for the rest of southern Ontario.
Hamilton reached 28.9 C, breaking its old record of 28.4 C.
In Windsor, the city topped out at 31.5 C, breaking its previous record of 30.6 C.
The normal temperature for this time of year is 22 C, according to Environment Canada.
The UV index was also considered very high as temperatures soared.
"The well above seasonal trend continues. Today will be the 12th day so far this month that we have been above seasonal … in some cases by as much 10 degrees," said CTV weather anchor Anwar Knight.
Knight noted that in the last two decades Toronto has recorded at least one 30 C day in May in nine of those years.
Temperatures will become a little more bearable in the next few days with a high of 25 C expected on Saturday and 21 C on Sunday. There is also a chance of showers in the forecast for Sunday.
The showers indicate that a cold front is moving in, which could bring the risk of thunderstorms and other severe weather.
As of Friday evening, thunderstorm watches were in effect for Peterborough and the Kawartha Lakes area, all the way east to Ottawa.