Toronto Weather Guide
Toronto's winter weather is typical of what many travellers to Canada would imagine with bracing conditions that comparable to New York City. Snowy, cold conditions turn Toronto into a winter wonderland, so come prepared so you can roam the city in comfort. Summers are pleasantly hot and with every other type of weather in between, Toronto's 4 seasons must be carefully considered before you pack.
Season and Clothing
Summer: May to August
During summer, Lake Ontario cools the hot city a little, although it adds to the humidity at the same time. The beginning of May is known as 'patio season' when restaurants open their seating area to allow customers to eat and drink outside. Temperatures can range from 20 to 35 degrees Celsius, providing ideal weather to experience the great outdoors. A trip to the beaches along Lake Ontario or a visit to Toronto Zoo, Centre Island and the Toronto Botanical Garden are all high on visitor's lists during this season. Rain may also be on the horizon, so don't be surprised if there is a downpour during your stay in Toronto in summer.
Average temperatures: 16 - 35 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Shorts, t-shirts, sandals, sunglasses, an umbrella and a light jacket.
Don't forget: Sunscreen.
Autumn: September to November
Autumn or fall in Toronto is a wonderfully warm and dry season and a very popular time to visit the city. Heading here at the start of the season is a good idea as the summer precipitation declines and the humidity evaporates from the metropolitan area. By late October, the city's leaves begin to change colour, while in November, rain is again common as winter temperatures begin to set in. Temps can range from below freezing to mid-20s, so make sure you pack plenty of clothes for layering and some warm outerwear.
Average temperatures: -3 to 24 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Layered clothing is advisable as temperatures can fluctuate throughout the day.
Don't forget: A warm jacket and an umbrella.
Winter: December to February
The winter season rolls in fairly suddenly and temperatures bounce along the line of freezing. You've got a one in 3 chance of a white Christmas here, although some years the festive season is more an amalgamation of wind and cold temperatures. If you want to be prepared and blend in with the Torontonians, bring along a thick jacket, gloves, hat, waterproof overcoat and a pair of sturdy boots to allow you to appreciate the winter season beauty rather than worrying about your frozen toes. Do hire skates and go ice skating in the outdoor rink at Nathan Phillips Square - a popular spot outside Toronto City Hall.
Average temperatures: -9 - 5 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: All of the winter essentials including thermals, thick jumpers, jeans and a warm coat.
Don't forget: Gloves, scarf and a beanie.
Spring: March to April
Toronto comes out of hibernation in spring with temperatures thawing and flowers coming into bloom. By April, the baseball season starts up with temperatures still fairly low but definitely manageable. A light jacket should suffice to keep you warm during the second half of this transitional season. A trip to Niagara Falls is great at any time of the year, but in spring particularly, you'll get to see the world-famous Horseshoe Falls plus nearby Queen Victoria Park in full bloom. Niagara Falls activities like Maid of the Mist boat tours also resume in April after the big freeze of winter.
Average temperatures: -7 - 15 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Clothes for layering and a coat.
Don't forget: A waterproof jacket and jumper.