Sunny and warmer weather brought the pups out to play Wednesday at Heritage Green Community Trust Leash Free Dog Park in Upper Stoney Creek. Alli Scarrow, left, and Fiona Guy watch Hadley, left, and Bruce frolic. After a grey January, more sun is ahead — for a bit.
After a dismally grey January, Hamilton is finally seeing a little sunshine.
But it’s coming with colder weather.
Environment Canada recorded 57.7 hours of sunshine in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area in January.
The sunshine reading is measured at Toronto Pearson International Airport, said meteorologist Geoff Coulson.
This is much lower than the longterm average of 85.9 hours.
The dreary and often foggy weather had friends and neighbours stopping to ask him “What have you done with the sun?” Coulson joked.
The feeling of endless grey days was compounded by the fact that most of the little sunshine we saw happened early in the month, with the second half almost continuously cloudy, he said.
The overcast weather was largely thanks to warmer-than-average temperatures. Hamilton’s January average was -2.2 C, which Coulson called “noticeably milder,” than the -5.5 C long-term average.
January also saw more rain and less snow than is typical.
The beginning of February is expected to be colder and sunnier, very much like the mix of sun and cloud and cool weather we saw Wednesday.
However, Coulson said after about 10 days it appears the warmer — and likely greyer — days will return.
On balance, the winter is expected to be around average or warmer than average, he said.