The city of Toronto is the coldest in Canada, and December is no exception. The city averages the second highest monthly snowfall, so you can expect to see a lot of snow. But you’re not going to need to worry; ice hockey season is in full swing. A 17 mile underground shopping mall, an 800-foot-long tunnel in an Edwardian castle, and nightclubs catering to every taste are all part of the fun in December.
Major snowstorms are expected
The city was hit hard by the storm, with several major highways shut down and schools and vaccination clinics closed. Mayor Mel Lastman even called the army to shovel the sidewalks, creating an iconic image. In total, more than 112 centimetres of snow fell across southern Ontario, beating the 1846 record. Hundreds of thousands of commuters were left without transportation, and flights were cancelled.
This storm is predicted to start early Saturday morning, with the shores of Lake Erie and Ontario being blanketed by the snow. It will also extend into the Golden Horseshoe, causing travel problems across the GTA. Several roads in the GTA will see heavy snowfall, making them impassible. The QEW and highways 401 are particularly affected. Total accumulations will vary over short distances, with 10 to 20 centimetres expected across the GTA.
In the meantime, the Canadian Farmers’ Almanac predicts below-average temperatures and above-average snowfall in the rest of the province. The province is also expected to experience “winter whoppers,” with snowy and windy conditions moving across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. In Toronto, almost every week will be snowy, with conditions worsening Monday. Thankfully, conditions will improve on Monday evening.
As a precaution, schoolchildren in Ontario missed the first day of classes. However, online schooling resumed for most boards, and streets were mostly quiet as people remained home. Police advised residents not to travel unless absolutely necessary. Some subway trains also faced difficulty, as they were stored in underground tunnels. This winter storm also caused delays and cancelled flights. The weather also impacted traffic, making travel difficult and dangerous for residents.
Rain is common but usually short-lived
The winter season is here, and there are few signs of spring in the weather. There is a slight chance of snowfall during the first few weeks, and temperatures will fall rapidly as the seasons progress. Despite this, rain is not uncommon in December. The average amount of rainfall for the city is 20mm per day, spread out over eleven wet days. In Toronto, rain showers are common but are short-lived.
Temperatures in December are cold, ranging from freezing to the low 30s. The average wind speed during the month is twelve kph (8 mph), and the minimum and maximum temperatures are -1.8 and 1.5 degC, respectively. The coldest nights last just one day, and can drop to -2.5 degC (22.9 degrees). The warmest days are generally sunny and warm, averaging 11 degrees Celsius (52 degrees F) during December.
Summers in Toronto are mild and humid. The average daytime temperature is around 26/27 degC, but temperatures can reach as high as 30degC. The humidity in Toronto is high, and there are often thunderstorms in the afternoon. During the summer, the temperatures can be as high as 36degC and up to 86degF. However, there are a few seasons that are cooler than others.
The city’s continental climate is influenced by Lake Ontario. It has an ocean-influenced climate, and as a result, Toronto has a milder climate than most other cities in Canada. The city’s climate is a little warmer than that of the interior plains, so it is a good idea to dress warmly even in December. Even though temperatures in the city can be a bit cold, rain and fog are fairly common.
La Nina is forming in the Pacific Ocean
According to NOAA’s World Climate Outlook, a new La Nina is forming in the Pacific. This system is expected to last through mid-May 2022. The previous La Ninas occurred in winters of 2020-2021, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019. Having two La Ninas within a one-year period is not uncommon. Usually, this phenomenon is referred to as a “double dip.” The 2020 La Nina developed during the month of August and dissolved when ENSO neutral conditions returned.
The opposite pattern, the El Nino, occurs in the northern hemisphere. It is characterized by unusually warm or cold ocean temperatures. In the equatorial Pacific, a La Nina occurs when strong winds push warm water westward. At the same time, cold water rises to the surface near South America. The result is a cooling of the ocean and suppressed rain producing clouds.
The next time an El Nino forms, the Pacific will experience a similar cycle. In 1997, warm water flooded the western Pacific, but a La Nina followed. The onset of a La Nina is preceded by the weakening of the trade winds. Stronger trade winds cause the mound of warm water to form in the western equatorial Pacific. In contrast, a La Nina will cool the central and eastern Pacific. The cooler central and eastern Pacific will become increasingly dry and cooler, while deeper chilly water will surface closer to South America.
Despite the onset of a La Nina, this event will not change the climate in the southeastern Pacific Ocean within a few days. It will take months to a year for the Pacific to return to ENSO-neutrality. The transition from a cool to warm period is gradual. A La Nina will follow an El Nino, and both will influence global climate conditions. Therefore, it is important to monitor the climate for this phenomenon to prevent it from affecting the environment.
Distillery District is a great place to visit in the winter
There are many attractions in Toronto that make the winter months special, and the Distillery District is one of them. The area is also a center for performing arts, so if you’re in the mood for live performances, you should head to the Distillery District. The Distillery District has more than 40 unique boutiques and artisanal shops. Here you’ll find stylish fashions, unique gifts, and tasty take-home treats.
The Distillery Historic District is the site of the annual Winter Carnival, which takes place after dark between January 18 and March 3. The event is famous for its ice skating and death-defying stunts. You can also check out the CTV building, part of Bell Media, which is a hub for television and radio in Toronto. The CTV building has an iconic CTV sign, and some shows have offices in the Distillery District.
In the winter, the Distillery District is the perfect place to take holiday pictures. The Distillery Winter Village includes a 55-foot tree, holiday lights, and artisan gift shops. Admission is free on weekends and weekdays. The Distillery Winter Village is also home to the Toronto Light Festival, which beams brightly across the city every January. In addition to the holiday lights, you’ll find a vibrant holiday atmosphere, and artisan crafts for sale.
If you’re interested in visiting the Distillery District, make sure to check out the Christmas Market. It will be an event that you won’t want to miss. You’ll also be able to catch the annual Kensington Market Winter Solstice Festival, which celebrates the shortest day of the year on December 21. Also, don’t miss out on the Winterfest at Canada’s Wonderland, which takes place on select nights from November 13th to December 31st, 2021.