New record set for warmest February 3 in Toronto
Mercury hit 15.5 C at Pearson International Airport at 2 p.m.
Let's all take a moment to thank a Texas Low.
That's the meteorological term for a low-pressure system that originates in the Lone Star state, and which is responsible for gifting us with the warmest February 3 on record for Toronto.
Forecasters predicted that previous record highs would be shattered when the temperature passed 9 C this morning. At 2 p.m., the mercury hit 15.5 C at Pearson International Airport.The previous record set at the airport was 9.3 C in 1991.
Wow!!! 15.5°C at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/YYZ?src=hash">#YYZ</a> right now! This is the warmest February day on record for Toronto!—@JayScotland
CBC Toronto meteorologist Jay Scotland said it could become the hottest February day on record.
Warmest February day on record at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/YYZ?src=hash">#YYZ</a> is 14.9°C set on Febraury 23rd 1984. The afternoon forecast is in striking distance of that record!—@JayScotland
"Warm weather should be no surprise really for folks in Toronto this year," Scotland said. "Due to a strong El Nino pattern, we've seen warmer than normal conditions through November, December and January."
Make sure to get outside and enjoy the abnormal — but not unwelcome — weather before this evening. Overnight, the temperature is set to drop down again to a low of 0 C.