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May 28 was a historic ‘double-whammy’ of a day in Toronto, Canada. First off, the day entered the weather books as the city’s coldest May 28 ever recorded, according to Environment Canada warning preparedness meteorologist Peter Kimbell. The daytime high had only reached a frigid 4C (39.2F) by Friday afternoon. For the next coldest May 28 you have to turn all the way back in 1889, according to books for downtown Toronto dating back to 1840. In other words, it’s been 130 years since Torontonians have suffered a May 28 this cold. Even more astonishingly, just a few days ago Toronto hit a high of 33C (91.4F) — this serves as yet another powerful example of the ‘swings between extremes’ suffered during times of low solar activity: Secondly, Friday also delivered rare, late-May snowfall to the city. This is Toronto’s second latest snow on record after June 4, 1945 (solar minimum of cycle 17). “It’s a bit of a shock to see flurries and white snowflakes when it’s supposed to be a normal high of 22C (71.6F),” said Kimbell.

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