Monthly Climate Averages
Toronto is a major city in the south of the Canadian province Ontario. The region is located at a low altitude. In the west the city is characterized by wide areas and industry. In the south the city borders on Lake Ontario.
With an annual mean temperature of 7.8 °C (46 °F) it is usually mild in Toronto. The city experiences four distinct seasons. Due to the proximity to Lake Ontario the water has a significant influence on Toronto's weather. During the winter months the so called Lake Effect Snow occurs regularly.
The wide area around Toronto leads to strong wind which cools down felt air temperatures especially in winter. With an average temperature of -5.9 °C (21.4 °F) January is the coldest month of the year. Winter usually starts in November. Till April tourists must plan with cold temperatures and snow. During this time blizzards may occur in the Great Lakes region.
Toronto experiences a total precipitation of 1588 mm (62.5 in). With a total precipitation of 83.0 mm (3.3 in) on average August is the wettest month.
Summers are usually warm in Toronto. The majority of precipitation is falling in form of thunderstorms. With an average temperature of 21.2 °C (70.2 °F) July ist the warmest month. Especially more recently Toronto saw heat waves with temperatures breaching the 30 °C (86 °F) mark for several days in a row. Visiting southern Ontario is particularly gorgeous during fall when Indian Summer colors Canada's maple leaves in stunning colors.