A Toasty March Afternoon

An abnormally warm March day in 1986. I’ve gone ahead and cropped it. Image: Dale Brazao / Toronto Star / Toronto Public Library, Baldwin Collection, Item TSPA 0017635f.

Every Spring we get one: an abnormally warm day that brings us all out. When I recently came across this 1986 photo in the Toronto Public Library’s digital archive, I couldn’t help by want to look up the sort of slow-day lifestyle reporting that it accompanied.

March 29, 1986 was a warm day in Toronto. Reaching a high of 20.9℃, the city’s denizens emerged from their winter hibernation earlier than normal.1For what it’s worth, as a South Porcupine resident, the high for me was 10. The Toronto Star sent reporter Dale Brazao out to report on how people were enjoying the weather. The city, as is to be expected, was alive: “Park bench space was at a premium. The Beaches was alive with tourists from Etobicoke. Kites flew, dogs chased Frisbees, and everywhere faces turned skyward to accept the sun’s golden offerings.”2Dale Brazao. “City basks in near-record 21 degrees,” Toronto Star, March 30, 1986, A3.

Brazao captured a little springtime love at Marilyn Bell Park. Image: Dale Brazao / Toronto Star / Toronto Public Library, Baldwin Collection, Item TSPA 0006038f.

Away from the lake, Yonge street “was overcrowded with shoppers, gawkers and hawkers. And in the Beaches, lip-smacking customers were lined up at Licks’ Restaurant ice cream counter most of the day.”3Ibid.

How the photo appeared on A3. Source: Toronto Star, March 30, 1986, A3.

All in all, a wonderful day.

Notes   [ + ]

1. For what it’s worth, as a South Porcupine resident, the high for me was 10.
2. Dale Brazao. “City basks in near-record 21 degrees,” Toronto Star, March 30, 1986, A3.
3. Ibid.

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