Sun­shine, play­time


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.

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