The climate of Toronto
, the capital of Ontario, Canada
, experiences a continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfa). The weather is characterized by long, extremely cold winters and short, warm, and humid summers. Toronto's climate is largely influenced by its placement on the Ontario River, making the winters and summers more tolerable under the circumstances.
Spring comes to Toronto from mid-March
and has varied weather. It starts off cold and freezing with frequent snowfall and frost. Transition happens in the first few weeks that are adjacent to winter. Gradually, the weather warms up but with an occasional return of the cold weather. Most days remain fairly sunny and mildly warm, but occasionally there are rainy afternoons accompanied by light thunderstorms.
Summer lasts from June
and is usually warm and very humid. While some days are sweltering and muggy, some days are tolerable and cool. The temperature is high during summer, occasionally going over 30°C (86°F) on the hottest days. Summer also experiences reasonably higher rainfall compared with the other seasons.
Autumn in Toronto lasts from September
. The weather transitions between warm, pleasant, and sunny days in the first few weeks and freezing days and nights as winter nears. Tourists frequent Toronto in autumn more because of the warm sunny days and the moderate rainfall that allows perfect touring.
Winter is the longest season in Toronto, lasting from November to mid-March. The weather remains freezing with frequent snowfall and occasional snowstorms. The temperature hovers below the freezing point, and sometimes glaze ice occurs - freezing everything in Toronto from trees, roads, and cars. Winter has icy winds, the blizzards that have a high gust, and can cause extensive damage.
The best time to visit Toronto
The best time to visit Toronto
is during spring, from April
and during autumn from mid-September
Spring comes with scenic beauty in the nature parks of Toronto amid the blossoming flowers that make the city feel and look like a beautiful orchard. The weather is mild and pleasant and creates an excellent opportunity to visit the parks and other attractive spots. Summer has huge crowds frequenting Toronto for the holidays and vacations. The large groups and crowded places plus the winter chill are absent in spring, making a visit during the season memorable and enjoyable.
Autumn comes with tolerable temperature after the summer heat. The weather offers an excellent opportunity to visit the beautiful park and partake during the fall beauty. All the sightseeing spots in Toronto come alive with the scenic view of the brownish-golden leaves falling off the trees viewed against the magnificent cityscape. Both seasons offer fewer crowds and better prices on most amenities.
The worst time to visit Toronto
The worst time to visit Toronto
is during summer, particularly in July
At this time, the temperature is at its highest, as is the humidity. On top of high temperatures, this period experiences the highest rainfall of the year. Many tours of Toronto may be interrupted not only by the rains but also by the thunderstorms that accompany the rains. As if that is not enough, summer has high-temperature ranges of up to 30°C (86°F), and the weather feels muggy for most people. All these conditions, plus up to ten hours of sunshine per day, make most days almost intolerable with the unbelievably high humidity.
Toronto, being a tourist destination, has many tourists looking forward to summer. Consequently, during summer, there are not only huge crowds all over, but also hiked prices in almost every part of Toronto. These prices include flights and accommodations. The parks and museums remain crowded all through, making it impossible to enjoy the tour. Bear in mind that schools close for holidays, and so expect both children and grown-ups to frequent Toronto as well.
During winter, there may be experienced intense snowstorms that bring freezing temperatures. Occasional ice storms - referred to as glaze ice, result in extensive damage and almost no movement around Toronto
The occasional weather shifts throughout the seasons may result in visitors experiencing the exact opposite weather than anticipated.
Weather in January
, the same as December
, in Toronto
, is another subzero cold winter month, with an average temperature fluctuating between -7°C (19.4°F) and -2.3°C (27.9°F). January is the coldest month, with an average high-temperature of -2.3°C (27.9°F) and an average low-temperature of -7°C (19.4°F). Weather in January »
Weather in February
The last month of the winter, February
, is also a subzero cold month in Toronto
, with temperature in the range of an average low of -6.7°C (19.9°F) and an average high of -1.3°C (29.7°F). In February, the average high-temperature is relatively the same as in January
- a still freezing cold -1.3°C (29.7°F). Weather in February »
Weather in March
, the first month of the spring in Toronto
, is a cold month, with an average temperature ranging between max 3.2°C (37.8°F) and min -2.2°C (28°F). In March, the average high-temperature marginally rises from a subzero cold -1.3°C (29.7°F) in February
to a cold 3.2°C (37.8°F). Weather in March »
Weather in April
, is a chilly spring month, with an average temperature varying between 8.8°C (47.8°F) and 3°C (37.4°F). In April, the average high-temperature rises from a cold 3.2°C (37.8°F) in March
to a chilly 8.8°C (47.8°F). Weather in April »
Weather in May
The last month of the spring, May
, is a moderate month in Toronto
, with temperature in the range of an average high of 15.4°C (59.7°F) and an average low of 8.8°C (47.8°F). In Toronto, the average high-temperature in May rises from a chilly 8.8°C (47.8°F) in April
to a mild 15.4°C (59.7°F). Weather in May »
Weather in June
, the first month of the summer in Toronto
, is a pleasant month, with an average temperature fluctuating between 14.1°C (57.4°F) and 20.5°C (68.9°F). In Toronto, the average high-temperature in June increases from a moderate 15.4°C (59.7°F) in May
to an agreeable 20.5°C (68.9°F). Weather in June »
Weather in July
, is a warm summer month, with an average temperature ranging between max 24.8°C (76.6°F) and min 18.4°C (65.1°F). The warmest month is July, with an average high-temperature of 24.8°C (76.6°F) and an average low-temperature of 18.4°C (65.1°F). Weather in July »
Weather in August
, the last month of the summer in Toronto
, is another warm month, with an average temperature varying between 18.4°C (65.1°F) and 24.5°C (76.1°F). In Toronto, the average high-temperature in August is relatively the same as in July
- a still warm 24.5°C (76.1°F). Weather in August »
Weather in September
The first month of the autumn, September
, is also an agreeable month in Toronto
, with an average temperature varying between 20.9°C (69.6°F) and 15°C (59°F). In September, the average high-temperature slightly decreases from a warm 24.5°C (76.1°F) in August
to an agreeable 20.9°C (69.6°F). Weather in September »
Weather in October
, the same as September
, in Toronto
, is another mild autumn month, with an average temperature fluctuating between 14°C (57.2°F) and 8.8°C (47.8°F). In October, the average high-temperature decreases from a pleasant 20.9°C (69.6°F) in September to a mild 14°C (57.2°F). Weather in October »
Weather in November
The last month of the autumn, November
, is also a frosty month in Toronto
, with an average temperature fluctuating between 2.4°C (36.3°F) and 7.1°C (44.8°F). In Toronto, Canada, the average high-temperature in November decreases from a moderate 14°C (57.2°F) in October
to a chilly 7.1°C (44.8°F). Weather in November »
Weather in December
, the first month of the winter in Toronto
, is still a cold month, with an average temperature varying between 1.4°C (34.5°F) and -2.5°C (27.5°F). In December, the average high-temperature decreases from a chilly 7.1°C (44.8°F) in November
to a cold 1.4°C (34.5°F). Weather in December »