February 23, 2017 9:51 am
Updated: February 23, 2017 9:09 pm

Toronto breaks warmest February day ever recorded

WATCH ABOVE: Toronto sets record high temperature for February.


Toronto officially broke the February record for the warmest temperature on record on Thursday.

The high of 16.5 C, and climbing, reached at noon at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport surpassed the previous record of 16 C set on Feb. 3 of last year.

“Records go back to the 1930s and we are the warmest ever by about two degrees so it was something else today,” Global News Chief Meteorologist said Thursday.

“Back-to-back Februaries have seen that warmest temperature.”

WATCH: Thursday marked the warmest February temperature in Toronto on record. Ashley Carter caught up with Toronto residents who were out and about enjoying the day.

The temperature exceeded the Environment Canada prediction of 16 C and also broke the all-time high temperature for the day of Feb. 23 of 14.9 C set in 1984.

The temperature is expected to drop to a night time low of 2 C with showers beginning in the morning and a risk of a thunderstorm.

Environment Canada meteorologist Mark Schuster told Global News significantly colder air will make its way into Southern Ontario by Sunday.

“It’s not going to last. We have another surge of warmth coming in Friday night, thunderstorms expected as well and then it’s going to slowly get back to typical weather as we move towards March,” Farnell said.

“Even next week there’s a rainstorm coming in on Wednesday so it will be mild throughout next week and then I think the week after it will be more snow than rain.”

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