Today’s predicted high temperature in Damascus, according to the BBC is 18 degrees Celsius.
Today’s predicted high in Ottawa is -22 degrees Celsius. With the wind chill it will feel like -36.
We have hundreds of newcomers in Ottawa, refugees escaping the fighting in Syria. Everything here is new to them, the language, the food, the customs and the weather. Especially the weather. I suspect that today they think they have died and this is Hell.
Welcome to Canada.
(Update: at 7 a.m. today the temperature outdoors was -29 in Ottawa, with a wind chill making it feel like -45.)