Ryerson student preparing for Toronto’s potential spring-like weather

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By Lyba Mansoor

Ryerson student Bradley Prout has been stocking up on lightweight jackets and sweatshirts all winter season, waiting for the perfect time to dawn light layers in Toronto, and his time might be around the corner.

Meteorologists from the Farmer’s Almanac announced early Monday that Ontarians should begin preparing for those few days in April where the weather reaches tolerable conditions before the unbearable heat waves of summer hit.

“We’re about to hit that temperate sweet spot- where your eyelashes won’t be freezing together and you also won’t be perspiring profusely,” said Bill Dabatos, a veteran meteorologist.

This news tickled Prout pink. Since the new year, he’s been greasing the chain on his bike, and adding hype songs to his jogging playlist, delighted at the thought of being able to spend time outdoors.

“I’ve spent half a thousand dollars on my springtime wardrobe. I’ve been hitting the gym, trying to get my arms and calves ready, in case those two weeks of spring hit early and I get a chance to wear a T-Shirt or shorts,” Prout said.

Prout, who has lived in Toronto his whole life, is all too familiar with the city’s unpredictable weather.

“In Toronto there’s two types of weather: Too cold to go outside, or too hot to go outside. We have a small window of idyllic weather, and it would be remiss of me to not be prepared for that window,” Prout explained.  

Last year, Prout says the pleasant weather was so short lived he napped right through it.

“I came home tired from school, and took a two-hour long nap. When I woke up I saw a bunch of Snapchat stories and Tweets about how nice the day had been. Sadly, from there the weather turned blistering hot.”

This year, he’s taking no chances.

“I haven’t slept in a week. It’ll be so worth the hallucinations when I get to wear socks and sandals outside,” he said.

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