（Contributed by Mike）
Throughout this week’s various 121 and group lessons, one comment from my students I’ve heard again and again is how hot it is. As Japan suffers through high temperatures that surely must sap one’s strength and motivation, I can’t help but feel a little guilty here in Toronto. All week long, we’ve had temperatures around the 26 degree mark, and I’m not the only one who’s wondering where our summer went.
I joked with some of my students that summer in Toronto had ended, but is that actually the case? I was curious, so I looked over the data for the last 3 years.
Interestingly, this year’s August has been about the same so far as 2014 and 2013. Similarly, the monthly average was the more or less the same (27 degrees in 2015 and 2013, and 25 degrees in 2014). The main difference is that in 2015, the average temperature in the last 7 days of July was 32.2 degrees, compared to 24.8 in 2014, and 23.4 in 2013.
Weather is a funny thing. It’s a constant in all of our lives, and it affects everyone equally. It’s the reason it’s such a common topic amongst strangers, as it’s the one thing we all have in common.
Apparently, our feelings about it are as changeable as the weather itself. On average, Toronto has been no more hotter or colder than usual, but the heat wave that affected us last week makes us think that it’s a lot cooler than usual this week.
Perhaps summer is more a state of mind, rather than a measure of seasonal temperatures. And to be fair, in Toronto there’s really only one thing that marks the end of summer: The Canadian National Exhibition.