Ontarians and people living in other parts of Canada may be grumbling about the weather this April, but Environment Canada's David Phillips says the "cruel" conditions they've been seeing are not unusual.

"There's no question about it. Everywhere across the country, we've been disappointed Canadians. We endure our winters, they are the longest season. But we feel that we're owed good weather in the spring," Phillips told CBC Radio's Fresh Air on Sunday.

"And April has been a cruel month, like it is advertised to be, across the country."

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Spring was several degrees cooler than normal across Ontario this year. The photo above was taken in Toronto on April 11, 2013. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

In Ontario, Phillips said the weather has been between 1.5 and 4 degrees colder than normal, an unwanted delivery from Mother Nature after a long winter.

"Clearly April has stood out to be a very, very cool month," said Phillips.

Spring 2012 not the norm

Phillips said the public’s desire for warmer weather seems to have been compounded by what people remember about the way spring arrived in 2012.

"Last year at this time, we had pool covers off, muscle shirts and tank tops were everywhere, gardeners were playing in the muck, farmers were onto their fields and spring had sprung in March," said Phillips.

"We had temperatures already 30 C in the province," he added, referring to Ontario.

Unfortunately, that was an abnormal spring and this year's version is a lot more typical of what can be expected at this time of year.

"Spring is the time when winter dukes it out with summer. It is a transition period and this one clearly has been much more winter-like," Phillips said.

But Phillips also said that Environment Canada believes that this year's summer may be warmer than normal, following a trend that has lasted several years.