This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
An unusual weather update provided by Environment Canada claims that more than 85 per cent of Canadians are anticipated to have a “green” Christmas this year since majority of the cities from coast-to-coast are expected to experience unseasonably mild yuletide temperatures. It said that cities including Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver, are expected to have temperature a few degrees above zero on Thursday, i.e. Christmas Day.
A senior climatologist for Environment Canada, David Phillips, admitted that the weather update in some parts is “very unusual.” He alleged on Wednesday that “I think this is the greenest Christmas we’ve seen.” However, Phillips highlighted that a weather system moving into eastern Canada from the U.S. is still anticipated to bring tropical rains, warm temperatures and strong winds on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Earlier on Wednesday, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for Toronto, warning of high winds and gusts up to 90 km/h after midnight. The agency warned to “be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions.” Whereas on the other hand, Atlantic Canada is anticipated to have any snow on the ground to be melted away. Phillips said that parts of the Prairies will have snow on the ground Christmas morning, “but [in Winnipeg] it’s barely hanging on.” Although Barrie, Ont., typically gets a white Christmas, it is predicted to be a mess of slush and puddles on Christmas Eve, thanks to the high temperatures and rain.