Summer Polar Vortex is on its way. Seriously

It may not be as cold as it was January 1st, when this photo was taken, but cooler weather is...

It may not be as cold as it was January 1st, when this photo was taken, but cooler weather is headed to Ontario next week. (Bob Tymczyszyn/QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)

Dale Carruthers, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:41 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. — Forget bikinis, shorts and the beach.

Think pants, pullovers, maybe a nice campfire.

The poor man’s polar vortex is coming.

A weather pattern packing Arctic air that’s plunging much of the U.S. into fall-like weather will send chills through much of Ontario too.

“Every once in a while the atmosphere will lock itself up or lock into a certain pattern,” Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson said.

With memories of last winter’s bone-chilling cold still fresh, websites across the continent buzzed Thursday that a similar phenomenon — polar air from the Arctic Ocean — is expected to arrive next week and make cities that normally sizzle this time of year feel like they’ve been pushed into September.

The chill is expected to be felt as far south as Texas, normally sun-baked and brutally hot.

The Great Lakes region is expected to be hit the hardest.

Much of southern Ontario can expect highs in the low 20s next week, with nighttime temperatures dropping to the low teens.

“This pattern will eventually break down towards the second half of July and we could get back to more heat and humidity,” Coulson said.


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