Well, for the last week here in glorious Ottawa, we've been sitting on the fence between freezing and not -- anywhere from -1 to +3 Celcius. We've had some form of precipitation every day -- wet snow, rain, or what can't be called wet snow; so we call it thick rain. But, because of the temperatures and the fact that the rain isn't freezing on the roads, we all think it's positively balmy here. By the end of the week, we're supposed to be up to +6 Celcius with blazing sunshine. That's when the spring jackets get put on and the rubber boots come out. There will even be a few optimists who will wear their shorts -- albeit with the rubber boots and the spring jackets as well.
We actually have a Purolator delivery guy who wears his summer uniform, complete with shorts, all year round. It'll be -30 Celcius out there and he'll come in with his big parka, toque, his heavy fleece-lined boots, big gloves, and shorts. We used to just get an enigmatic smile from him whenever we ask why he wears the shorts on such cold days. So, we finally gave up asking and now we just ask if his legs are cold. We even get a "yes" once in a while.