Posted 3.10.14 @ 8:30
While spring is officially almost here, The Weather Network is warning that it’s not time to put away all your hats, mittens and snow boots just yet. Like most Canadian winters, we probably won’t see real spring until late April or early May - and we may see more below-seasonal average temperatures than we have in a while.
Neighbourhoods in both Oakville and Halton have dealt with 10 different cold weather events spread out over 36 days - compare that with 2013 where we had just 3 cold alerts and 6 days. While the freeze can be a pain, it promises a moist and green spring (what’s left of it) and summer season this year.
One of the Most Severe Winters in Recent Years
And not just because of the snow storms this winter that set record billions in damages either; from Southern Ontario’s dangerous winter storms to the deadly outbreaks of cold weather in Southern Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario, all of Canada is feeling the pinch.
Winter-like temperatures are expected to stick with us (the same goes for snow), and it’s said that this is the worst winter in the last ten years, especially for Southern Ontario and the GTA. In an interview with the Beaver a meteorologist with The Weather Network said that while warmer temperatures were on the way, we should all expect a few more cold weather outbreaks through the rest of this month and the first half of April.
Warmth is on the Way
Even with the unseasonably cold temperatures, it’s important to remember that spring is on the way - even if it’s just taking a little longer to get here. As the days grow longer, the sun grows stronger and the temperatures begin to climb, the snow won’t have a chance for sticking.
The official Oakville Town Council website announced a few days ago that most parks would be reopened in time for March Break - but trails and woodlands would continue to remain closed for public safety. All parks will be reopened with the exception Petro Canada Park and Lions Valley Park.
And with warmer temperatures come spring cleaning and searching for a new home or selling the one you already own. No one wants to slog through the snow and sub-seasonal temperatures to buy a home (unless you’re on a mission, snapping up garden sheds for hundreds of thousands of dollars in Downtown Toronto), and that’s why spring is so important to the real estate market.
While you might have to wait a little while longer this year than you did last for the flowers to bloom, there’s no better time than the present to find the right home! But where do you start? How much is a luxury Oakville home really worth? What neighbourhoods have the best schools, parks and things to do? All of these questions and more can be answered by your Oakville realtors - the Goodale Miller Team. Give us a call and find the right home (or buyer) today!