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Summer-like temperatures in Toronto could smash a 53-year-old record

The record high for Oct. 18 took place in 1963 at 26.7C.

It almost feels like the summer pictured in this file photo of a man kayaking in Lake Ontario on a warm sunny day in Toronto on Friday, August 19, 2016.

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It almost feels like the summer pictured in this file photo of a man kayaking in Lake Ontario on a warm sunny day in Toronto on Friday, August 19, 2016.

When’s the last time you were able to do your morning commute in a T-shirt and shorts in late October?

Even Environment Canada Meteorologist Alyssa Young can’t recall a day so warm this late into the year, but says the record high for Oct. 18 took place in 1963 at 26.7C.

With a forecasted high of 27C, Toronto could very well break that 53-year-old record. Temperatures were already hitting 21C by 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

With the humidity making the temperature feel closer to 32C, it’ll probably bring up memories of summer. Despite the heat, there’s still a 60 per cent chance of showers later in the afternoon.

“There’s a warm humid air mass that’s in place, and we’re going to have a continued southwesterly flow, so everything is going stay fairly warm and muggy today,” Young said.

And if you’re noticing that the leaves aren’t quite as bright and colourful as they were this time last year, you might be on to something. Young says that without the cool nights, the autumn colours can be subdued until later in the year.

However, Wednesday may be your last chance to enjoy these summer–like temperatures, with an above average high of 21C and a low of 13C expected.

The seasonal average for Toronto this time of year? A low of 6C, and a high of 14C, numbers that might call for an extra layer or two.

Parts of central and eastern Ontario have had to pay upfront to enjoy today’s warmth. Hydro One reported thousands of customers were left without power after intense storms rolled through those parts of the province on Monday.

Collingwood appeared to bear the brunt of the storm and provincial police say a number of buildings were damaged.

Twitter users tweeted pictures of a transmission shop that lost its roof in the storm and a car that was crushed under a partially collapsed building

OPP say trees and wire also came down in the storm and were advising motorists heading to take care as lights were out at many intersections. They also advised people to remain at home crews worked to removes trees and wires from area roads.

No injuries have been reported.

While the storm system leaves the area, a mass of warm air will remain behind. Environment Canada says much of southern Ontario can expect highs in the upper 20s on Tuesday, with a humidex reading that will make it feel like the low 30s.

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