Summer to start off colder than usual

Overall, forecasters expect about normal season

If the long, punishing winter and not-so-stellar spring have you longing for the dog days of summer--you're going to have to wait a little while longer this year.

Forecasters are calling for a cooler than normal start to the summer for the GTA.

But there's no need to keep your wooly sweaters out.

The Weather Network's Chris St. Clair tells Newstalk 1010's Jerry Agar he expects the temperature will be one or two degrees lower than usual in June.

"It still means 20 to 22 degrees" on sunny days, says St. Clair.

More northerly winds coupled with the amount of ice buildup still on Lake Ontario are holding temperatures down. On Thursday, the waters off Toronto only registered two or three degrees Celsius, much colder than they ought to be in spring.

"Because there was so much ice (this winter), it's going to take a long time for the sun's energy to warm up the lake," says St. Clair. "So any breeze that we get in from the south or the southeast off of Lake Ontario is going to cool the air."

It could also take until mid-July for the lake to heat up enough to swim in, comfortably.

Overall though, St. Clair expects this summer will be close to normal temperature wise--not like the scorcher we saw last year.

He says the silver lining to a cooler start to the season is you may save a couple dollars on hydro bill since your air conditioner likely won't get a workout in June.

Summer starts June 21.

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