Here we are, at the beginning of the first long weekend of the spring season. The Greater Toronto Area, however, is already feeling as if it’s the first long weekend of the summer. True, it is Good Friday today, but it feels like Great Friday considering that Toronto experienced a high of 24 degrees Celcius today. Factoring in the humidity, today’s record-shattering temperature feels a bit more like 27 degrees.
This should bring joy to the many people who are celebrating Easter this weekend. According to 680News meteorologist Jill Taylor, we can expect the warm weather to remain throughout Saturday and Sunday as well. Sadly, Taylor does also warns that seasonal temperatures are expected to return by the beginning of next week.
But in the meantime, there’s no reason why the summer-like Easter weekend can’t be fully enjoyed. And while today’s holiday means that most stores, banks and shopping malls will be closed, there are a number of ways in which Torotonians can enjoy the warm weather.
Many of those observing Good Friday took in the St. Francis of Assisi Church Parade which was held in the College and Bathurst area between 3 and 6 p.m. Families also had the opportunity to enjoy the day together at the AGO, which remained open to continue showcasing its incredible King Tut exhibit. Those interested in viewing the exhibit still do have until the 18th of April to check it out.
Also remaining open today was The ROM, Ontario Science Centre and Casa Loma. In addition, the Toronto Zoo presents its Easter “Egg” Stravaganza which will run all throughout the Easter weekend into Monday. If golf is more your speed and you don’t have to entertain the kids, there are a number of golf courses throughout the city that may provide the best way to enjoy the sunshine throughout the weekend.
Keeping in mind that Easter is this Sunday, not everywhere will be back open for business. Supermarkets, beer and LCBO stores, all closed today and will do so again on Sunday. On Easter Monday, stores and banks will be open, but government offices and mail delivery will remain shut down.
As well, even though the Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto was open for Good Friday, it too will be closed on Easter Sunday. The same goes for Vaughan Mills just north of the city.
Markham’s Pacific Mall, however, will remain open throughout the weekend as will some stores on Yonge Street and in the Bloor-Yorkville areas. And don’t worry if your garbage wasn’t picked up today. Service will resume tomorrow.
So no matter what your long weekend plans are, be sure to get out and enjoy the sun as perhaps, the warm weather is all you will truly need to have a good time.