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Toronto Raptors to celebrate 1st NBA title amid dry weather on Monday

By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
June 17, 2019, 3:34:04 AM EDT

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Toronto Raptors center Serge Ibaka, left, guard Kyle Lowry, center, and guard Danny Green, third from right, celebrate with teammates after the Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)


The weather will be ideal as the Toronto Raptors celebrate their first NBA title in franchise history on Monday.

The team will begin parading through the streets on double-decker buses at Exhibition Place at 10 a.m. EDT.

The parade will culminate with a celebration rally at Nathan Phillips Square at approximately 12:30 p.m.


While significant travel delays are possible due to the volume of people heading into and out of the city, the weather will not compound these slowdowns.

"Pleasant weather is expected in Toronto for the championship parade," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Edwards said.

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Temperatures will rise from around 63 degrees Fahrenheit (17 C) at the start of the parade to the day's high of 71 F (22 C) during the middle of the afternoon.

Dry air overhead will keep the downpours soaking the northeastern United States early this week from spreading northward into the region and allow for plenty of sunshine.

So instead of rain gear, fans will want to pack a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen before heading off to the parade.

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The city of Toronto said it anticipates "huge crowds" to gather downtown for the festivities.

The Raptors claimed their first championship since entering the league in 1995 by defeating the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

"We are so proud of our Toronto Raptors and this history-making NBA Finals run. On Monday, we get to come together as a city to celebrate the team. Everyone is working together to make sure the parade will be a great and memorable event," Toronto Mayor John Tory said.

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