TORONTO – Good riddance to spring, and hello to summer!
Summer officially arrived at 1:04 a.m. Friday.
Dave Phillips, a senior climatologist with Environment Canada, said the weather will be normal to warmer than normal for July, August and September.
“My sense is that I would buy this forecast; I would actually put a little bit of money on it, and I would think it’s going to be to people’s liking,” Phillips said.
However, he said the temperatures won’t be as warm as 2012.
“Not as warm as last year, where we had 25-26 days where the temperature got above 30 C. There were 16 smog days,” Phillips said.
But the heat does not seem to bother most Torontonians.
680News took to the streets Friday to see how people were ringing in the new season.
Brittney was out at Woodbine Beach today, celebrating more than the first day of summer.
“Being my birthday today, it is a perfect day to come to the beach. It’s a blast,” she said.
Some, like Jason, took the day off work and enjoyed the sunshine on patios across the city.
“Round of golf early morning, couple of beers in the afternoon, a lot of patio, a lot of sun,” Jason said, adding that he had no trouble filling up his day with fun activities.
Other Torontonians were found soaking up the sun at Woodbine Beach, with some brave souls swimming in the cool waters of Lake Ontario, while a group of George Brown College Students told 680News they ditched class to have a pool party.
A full list of the city’s outdoor pools can be found here.
Meantime, in England, more than 20,000 celebrants gathered at the famed Stonehenge monument to mark the summer solstice.
The solstice has typically drawn a wide and varied crowd to the mysterious set of standing stones whose purpose remains unclear.
The ancient stone circle on the Salisbury Plain about 130 kilometres southwest of London, was built in three phases between 3000 B.C. and 1600 B.C.