Map of Simcoe Muskoka


Extreme Weather

Key Messages
Heavy Precipitation
Technical Notes

Key Messages

  • With temperatures increasing as a result of climate change, weather patterns will be altered resulting in more frequent and more severe extreme weather which can affect physical and mental health.
  • The frequency and seasonality of heavy precipitation varies across time and across the region

Heavy precipitation days

  • From 2001 to 2022, there were an average of 27 heavy precipitation days per year, ranging from an average of 21 in Egbert (South Simcoe) to 34 in Beatrice (Muskoka).
  • There is no clear pattern in the number of days with heavy precipitation across this time period. However, 2007, 2012 and 2020 were notable for having few heavy precipitation days, especially in Egbert, and 2008 was notable for having a higher number of heavy precipitation days than typical.
  • Simcoe County saw few heavy precipitation days in 2019 and 2020, with 10 and 11 in Barrie and 18 and 16 in Egbert, respectively.
  • 2021 and 2022 were typical years with averages of 25 heavy precipitation days each year across the three weather stations.
  • Heavy precipitation days were more common in the summer in Barrie and Egbert, and in the winter in Beatrice.


Technical Notes

There are three weather stations in the Simcoe and Muskoka region which are used to monitor and report on temperature and precipitation in the region. Environment and Climate Change Canada operate and report on data obtained from these weather stations. The stations are categorized as: Barrie-Oro (near Barrie), Egbert (in Essa), and Beatrice (near Bracebridge).

Further Reading

For more information on extreme weather and climate change, see:

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