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Friday, December 16, 2011

Record Temperatures in Region

Regional | by Daryl Morris  

Environment Canada confirms record mild temperatures on Thursday.

Temperatures are getting chilly in Grey Bruce today.

This after we broke high temperature records around the region on Thursday.

Environment Canada says the warmest place in Ontario yesterday was Collingwood, where the temperature reached 15.4 degrees Celsius, breaking the record of 10 degrees set in 1920.

In Wiarton, the mercury hit 12.9 Celsius, topping 1975's high of 12.2.

Mount Forest's previous high was 10.6, also in 1975, but yesterday climbed to 12.2.

Meteorologist Geoff Coulsen says a day like that could be a dress rehearsal for what we might see more of in the future.

He says it's likely we'll still get winters with a lot of snow, but that snow might start later and it may not bring with it the frigid temperatures we've been accustomed to.

Coulsen says the average temperature for this time of year is a daytime high of zero, and an overnight low around minus six.

He says temperatures will get cold this weekend, but next week it will be mild and above the freezing mark -- meaning we won't see typical winter temperatures until after Christmas.

Coulsen adds we've had a few unusual storm patterns that would normally hit the Georgian Bay and Lake Huron areas -- but instead have hit Sault Ste Marie and northeastern Ontario.

As for a white Christmas -- Coulsen says whichever side of zero the temps are on next week will determine whether we see rain or snow.


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