We were ever so glad when the thaw arrived. It was the start of December and Christmas loomed high on the horizon.
It was, of course, the result of climate change, but the deniers continued to espouse their theories that it was just a glitch in nature, a one-off and never to occur again.
The day after the thaw began the temperatures returned to their normal December temps of high 30Cs and we all felt a tad better as we peeled off our layers of clothing and basked in the stinking heat of summer.
Our winter woollies shop had reaped in the profits with the unusually cold spring and beginning to summer but now faced shutting up shop and going into its seasonal hibernation in anticipation of an early return in the new year of the cold, snow and ice.
In the mean time, we cranked up our air conditioners as the heat set in and the memory of snow feet deep in our backyards faded from our minds.