Shorts and flip-flops showed up in the wardrobe rotation for many in Toronto weeks ago, but it wasn’t until 6:51 a.m. ET on Saturday that summer finally arrived in the northern hemisphere.

At city hall, a sunrise ceremony was held to celebrate National Aboriginal Day, which falls on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.

The 20th annual event, attended by Coun. Mike Layton, included a flag-raising on the podium roof.

The weather on Saturday was forecast to be sunny with cloudy periods and a high of 23 C.

Environment Canada senior climatologist Dave Phillips said conditions throughout the season will be pretty average — which he believes is a good thing.

“If I was actually going to order weather for Toronto, it would always be boring weather, where your mind is on something else other than the weather,” he said.

“We’ve been so fixated on weather in the last couple of years that it would be nice for Mother Nature to take a break and leave us alone.”

Phillips also predicted a trend of more sunny weekends this summer.

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