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Picture of the Week – 33°C

33C in Ottawa

Believe it or not, it actually gets very hot in Canada in the summer. It surprised me when I first came here—I thought the temperature would be in the twenties, at most!

Summers in Ottawa are typically hot, humid, hazy and stuffy. Some people love it (I do!), some people hate it and can’t wait for cooler temperatures. It’s true that they can sometimes be hard to deal with. Houses are built for the winter and tend to trap the heat. Most people use air-con but I’m not a huge fan, I find it makes the air really dry.

In winter, people measure the cold using the “windchill” factor. During the summer, we go by the “humidex”, an index to describe how hot the weather feels to the average person. Canadian meteorologists love to invent new words!


French woman in English Canada.

Exploring the world with my camera since 1999, translating sentences for a living, writing stories that may or may not get attention.

Firm believer that nobody is normal... and it’s better this way.

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