With the first week of March officially underway, it’s safe to say spring is finally on the horizon.
And with the start of spring comes the Blue Jays home opener and eventually the arrival of Toronto’s beloved cherry blossoms.
But while the calendar might show that spring is on its way, unfortunately, it’s not going to be warming up anytime soon.
In fact, well-below seasonal temperatures are expected in Toronto this week, with the average temperature expected to hover around -6ºC, according to The Weather Network.
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On Monday we can expect a mix of sun and clouds, with a 30% chance of flurries in the afternoon. With winds expected to reach up to 40 km/hr, it could feel as cold as -13ºC, before dropping down to -16ºC Monday night.
Tuesday is forecasted to be the coldest day of the week, as cold Arctic air is expected to reach the region. Because of this, periods of light snow are expected for most of the afternoon. Winds will reach up to 50 km/hr, which will make Tuesday’s -8ºC feel more like -22ºC.
As the week progresses, temperatures will start to warm up slightly, despite the lingering arctic air.
“Arctic air will continue to dominate our region through the end of the week,” said Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.
The next major system to keep an eye out for is a Colorado Low that’s expected to track into the northern Great Lakes as southern Ontarians kick off the start of March Break, according to The Weather Network.
“There is still uncertainty in the exact track of the storm, but at this point it looks like rain will be the dominant precipitation type across much of southern Ontario for Sunday,” says Gillham.
“However, if the storm does take a track further to the south, then we will have a higher threat for a period of snow and ice before changing over to rain.”