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Ontario Climate & Weather

Ontario Climate and Weather


The climate of Ontario is continental and the province experiences hot summers and very cold winters with heavy snowfall. Spring and autumn tend to be milder, and due to the Great Lakes, the province experiences far less of a variation in its temperatures year round, as well as more precipitation than would be expected for such a central region. Cities futher away from the lakes, in the south of the province, are much hotter and temperatures can range around 80°F (30°C), with possible heat waves. In winter, areas north of the Great Lakes tend to be much colder, with more severe winters caused by Arctic air currents and temperatures can range between 36°F (0°C) and 14°F (-10°C). Fortunately the major cities are geared for the cold, with lots of central heating, indoor shopping arcades, underground walkways and indoor sports venues.


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