Toronto temperature hits record high
Toronto's Pearson International Airport is seen as temperatures hit 16.2 C, shortly before 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.
Published Tuesday, December 4, 2012 10:14AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 4, 2012 10:24AM EST
The temperature in Toronto edged past a record high mid-morning on Tuesday, exceeding 16 Celsius.
Environment Canada reported the temperature at Toronto's Pearson International Airport was at 16.2 C, shortly before 10 a.m.
The forecast had called for a high of 13 C, falling to 8 C by the afternoon.
That would have been an unseasonably warm high for Dec. 4, when temperatures in the city have historically averaged around 4 C.
The previous record high of 15.9 C was set in 1998. At the other end of the scale, the coldest Dec. 4 on record was in 1940.
The temperature plunged to -25 C that day, which also goes down as the snowiest Dec. 4, with a total snowfall of 7.1 centimetres.
According to Environment Canada, this latest warm spell will be short-lived, as the agency’s forecast calls for the thermometer to dip overnight with an expected high of just 2 C Wednesday.