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Sunset rainbow graces the sky after thunderstorm in Toronto

Is summer weather not the most interesting thing ever?

I mean, science can explain how lightning works, and why humidity ruins our hair, but humans can't seem to get over the sky when it's anything other than clear.

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One need look no further than his or her own smartphone for evidence of this phenomenon during any sort of weather event.

In Toronto, sunset pictures have become such a social media cliché that people now start mocking the trend as soon as our sky turns pink — but for every hater, there are 10 more people who DGAF about what they think.

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Monday evening was no exception as the skies above Toronto exploded with colour following an hours-long stretch of dark clouds and rain. 

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Last night's sunset was a weird one in that it only showed up briefly, after the storm moved out, right as the sun was going down.

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Some neighbourhoods were briefly blasted with intense, golden light when the dark clouds lifted around 8:45 p.m.

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In many parts of the city, a full-arch rainbow could be seen stretching across the hazy horizon.

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A few people even managed to capture shots of a faint double rainbow, all the way across the sky.

It was so intense!

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What does it mean?

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Single rainbow, double rainbow or no rainbow at all, Monday night's sunset in Toronto was a stunner — but you probably already knew that, regardless of where you were at the time.

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Lead photo by

Michael Leckman


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