The summer that wasn't? Toronto lacking sizzle

Sunbathers catch some rays at Sugar Beach in Toronto on August 1, 2014. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

Sunbathers catch some rays at Sugar Beach in Toronto on August 1, 2014. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

Angela Hennessy, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

TORONTO - Summer just didn’t heat up this year.

Tuesday was the first time Toronto hit 30C in July or August, with the mercury reaching 32.2C — which also gave the city its first heat warning of the season.

The lack of hot air brought the city very close to breaking a record.

“There has never been a July and August without a 30C day — and we got it at the very end — that is unusual,” Dave Phillips, senior climatologist for Environment Canada, said Wednesday.

And there have only been four summers in recorded history when the thermometer reached 30C only once in July and August, he said.

Including May 27, which saw a high of 30.1C, Toronto has only hit 30C five times this summer compared to 15 times in 2013 and 25 times in 2012.

“Those hot summers had days that were really difficult for some people — last summer we hit a temperature of 35C — that’s really hot,” Phillips said.

He pointed out the lack of severe weather, rain, high-humidity and an increase in healthy vegetation as being bonuses of the lack of swelter.

“In many ways it was delightfully average,” Phillips said.


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