Think spring fever, but in January.

 




Very mild conditions will take hold today and tomorrow as the mercury climbs toward 13C, pushing aside the Jan. 7 record of 6.5 C in 1998 and the Jan. 8 mark of 11.7 C from 1965.

 




The dramatic change from last week’s biting cold means we can put aside scarfs and parkas for a few days at least, although rain clouds are now expected to hang around until Thursday to put a damper on things.

 




Toronto’s annual January thaw is interrupting a much less friendly pattern of highs from –2 C to –9 C that are the norm for this time of year, said Environment Canada climatologist David Phillips.

 




Toronto has had the benefit of a thaw every January since record-keeping began in 1937, with the one exception of 1977.