April showers bring May flowers. February heat waves bring March... soggy cigarette butts all over the sidewalk?
I love February Thaw Day in Toronto bc it reminds me of the incontrovertible truth that this city is made of melting trash— emma healey (@emmafromtoronto) February 20, 2018
Toronto is warming up fast and furious, way earlier than anyone had expected it to this year, and – for the most part – people seem pretty happy.
Mild and sunny is a welcome change from blistering cold, for sure, but the fast thaw of Southern Ontario is proving problematic in terms of flooding, winter sports and the shoes of many people.
🚧Some photos from yesterday's flooding in Meadowvale Conservation Area🚧 This extreme weather was a strong reminder for the importance of protecting the public's safety. Please continue to stay away from shorelines & all waterways. https://t.co/UEskTcMjqC pic.twitter.com/LNTz2piQ1i— CreditValleyCA (@CVC_CA) February 22, 2018
Yesterday saw temperatures rise to a balmy 12 C in Toronto, and spring-like temperatures are expected to stick around for a few days, at least.
Meteorologists are calling for highs of 10 C and 9 C on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, which might feel nice, but has thrown a wrench in the plans of anyone who wanted to go skating, skiing or snowboarding in the very near future.
🚨 Hey everyone, due to the beautiful warm weather, the Skate Trail will be closed from Monday, February 26 to Wednesday, February 28. As always, if you're planning on dropping by in the future, check our website & social for the latest updates on ice conditions. Thank you. 🚨 pic.twitter.com/wpnLzSMVic— The Bentway (@thebentway) February 26, 2018
Skating rinks across the city are turning into mush after a few solid days of sunshine, prompting some of them to shut down entirely (though hopefully not for long.)
Yorkville Ice Fest...balmy 12 degrees! Ice melting FAST . But everyone having fun in Toronto!!! pic.twitter.com/MB3ACTGL2y— Claudie Graner (@thespreadingoak) February 25, 2018
The Bloor-Yorkville IceFest was a mess on Sunday, as artists struggled to keep their heavily-branded ice sculptures alive under the beaming sun.
The protective layer of white stuff that's been covering up sins on roads, sidewalks, and wherever else people tend to hurl garbage in the winter because "out of sight, out of mind" had melted almost entirely as of Monday.
Some of Toronto's wildlife family members are all about it.
Not sure I’ve ever seen swans in this part of the Don River before. Enjoy the spring-like weather in Feb pic.twitter.com/kz5CiPzAFS— Anne Marie Aikins (@femwriter) February 25, 2018
Other animals are less than pleased to lose their winter wonderland.
Lucky for this beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog, temperatures are supposed to drop once again before the season's up.
Who knows, though? Maybe more tropical cyclones will form and keep winter's last gusts of wind up in the arctic, where they belong.
A human can dream.
by Lauren O'Neil via blogTO