EDMONTON, Alberta — With summer temperatures rapidly approaching 50 degrees Fahrenheit, Canadian pool owner Ted Martin claims he is looking forward to the one day this year that might be warm enough to go swimming.
“Oh, yeah. It’s really heatin’ up out there,” said Martin as he cracked the thin layer of ice covering his pool with a shovel. “I haven’t seen high temperatures like this since the Great Unthawing of ’97.”
The heat wave currently sweeping Canada and the northern United States has given hope to dozens of pool owners who only get to swim “once every couple years, at most.” Sources say residents in warmer areas like Winnipeg have already begun sending their sled dogs up north to escape the heat.
“It’s warmer than Minnesota out here. I’m practically burnin’ up,” laughed Martin, referencing the US’s fourth coldest state. “I can’t wait to cool off in the water right after I shovel the driveway.”