Hamilton isn't being picked on by old man winter — at least not moreso than the rest of Canada.
Dave Phillips, a senior climatologist with Environment Canada, says the Hamilton/Niagara region isn't being singled out by a lingering chilly blast this spring.
"It's everywhere in Canada," Phillips said. "All Canadians are morose — not because it's income tax month, but because of the weather."
Spring has been reluctant to arrive all over Canada — save for Vancouver and Calgary — though their luck is set to change as well in the next week or so, with more frigid temperatures and rain on the way.
"Here in Eastern Canada, we've clearly felt that winter has gone on too long. We had a lot of snow in February, and in the Hamilton area, March was a full degree colder than normal," Phillips said.
Cold by comparison
Rubbing salt in the wound is the fact that on April 3, 2012, it was 14 Celsius in the Hamilton area.
"You'd be lucky to get above the freezing mark, today," Phillips said.
'I think we're getting a little anxious and we feel that spring is going by us, but we just have to be a little bit more patient.'—Dave Phillips, Environment Canada
Last year, there were several days above 20 C before April, but in 2013, the highest Hamilton has been able to muster is teetering just over 12 C.
"I think we're getting a little anxious and we feel that spring is going by us, but we just have to be a little bit more patient," Phillips says.
This week, he adds, Hamilton is going to see "maple syrup" kind of weather, where temperatures rise above the freezing mark during the day, but plunge back below it at night.
And don't rule out snow for this week, he cautions.
"We've never really had an April without snow, so it's not something that's terribly unusual," he said.
The usual temperatures for this time of the year in Hamilton are a high of about 9 C and a low of about 0 C, and Phillips says in about 11 or 12 days, the city will see a warming-up period.
"And once we see that warm up, we'll see the back of winter will be broken. It'll be three steps forward and maybe one step back," Phillips said.
Environment Canada is calling for an April with normal temperatures, and a warmer than normal summer, with a warm-up across the country within a week.
"So Canadians, be cautious, be patient — and it won't be too long before you're complaining about the heat and the humidity."