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Late spring scene in High Park, in Toronto's west endLate spring scene in High Park,
in Toronto's west end

Toronto's climate is moderate for Canada due to its southerly location within the country and its proximity to Lake Ontario. It has a humid continental climate (Koppen climate classification Dfa), with warm, humid summers and generally cold winters. The city experiences four distinct seasons with considerable variance in day to day temperature, particularly during the colder weather season. Due to urbanization and proximity to water, Toronto has a fairly low diurnal temperature range, at least in built-up city and lakeshore areas. At different times of the year, this maritime influence has various localized and regional impacts on the climate, including lake effect snow and delaying the onset of spring- and fall-like conditions or seasonal lag.

Toronto winters sometimes feature short cold snaps where maximum temperatures remain below -10C (14F), often made to feel colder by wind chill. Snowstorms, sometimes mixed with ice and rain can disrupt work and travel schedules, accumulating snow can fall anytime from November until mid-April. However, mild stretches also occur throughout winter melting accumulated snow, with temperatures reaching into the 5 to 14 C (40 to 57 F) range and infrequently higher. Summer in Toronto is characterized by long stretches of humid weather. Daytime temperatures occasionally surpass 35C (95F), with high humidity making it feel oppressive during usually brief periods of hot weather. Spring and Autumn are transitional seasons with generally mild or cool temperatures with alternating dry and wet periods.

Precipitation is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, but summer is usually the wettest season, the bulk falling during thunderstorms. There can be periods of dry weather, but drought-like conditions are rare. The average yearly precipitation is 83cm (33in), with an average annual snowfall of about 133cm (52in). Toronto experiences an average of 2,038 sunshine hours or 44% of possible, most of it during the warmer weather season.

[hide] Toronto Climatological Data
Temperature
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecMean
Record high C (F) 16 (61) 14 (58) 27 (80) 32 (90) 34 (94) 37 (98) 41 (105) 39 (102) 38 (100) 30 (86) 24 (75) 20 (68)
Average high C (F) -1 (30) -0.2 (32) 5 (40) 11 (52) 19 (65) 24 (74) 26 (80) 25 (78) 21 (69) 14 (57) 7 (45) 2 (35) 13 (55)
Mean C (F) -4 (24) -3 (26) 1 (34) 8 (46) 14 (58) 19 (67) 22 (72) 21 (70) 17 (63) 11 (51) 5 (41) -1 (30) 9 (49)
Average low C (F) -7 (19) -6 (21) -2 (28) 4 (39) 10 (50) 15 (59) 18 (64) 17 (63) 13 (56) 7 (45) 2 (36) -4 (25) 6 (42)
Record low C (F) -33 (-27) -32 (-25) -27 (-16) -15 (5) -4 (25) -2 (28) 4 (39) 4 (40) -2 (28) -9 (16) -21 (-5) -30 (-22)
Precipitation and Sunshine Hours
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTotal
Total mm (in) 61 (2.4) 51 (2.0) 66 (2.6) 70 (2.7) 73 (2.9) 72 (2.8) 68 (2.7) 80 (3.1) 83 (3.3) 65 (2.6) 76 (3.0) 71 (2.8) 834 (32.8)
Rainfall mm (in) 29 (1.2) 26 (1.0) 42 (1.7) 63 (2.5) 73 (2.9) 72 (2.8) 68 (2.7) 80 (3.1) 83 (3.3) 65 (2.6) 67 (2.7) 42 (1.7) 710 (27.9)
Snowfall cm (in) 38 (15.0) 27 (10.5) 22 (8.7) 6 (2.4) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 0.1 (0.04) 8 (3.2) 32 (12.7) 133 (52)
Sunshine hours 88 110 156 185 229 256 276 241 188 148 84 75 2038
Data recorded at The Annex for Environment Canada. Average data recorded over a 30 year span from 1971 to 2000.y

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