This winter is so damn warm that the capital of Canada — Canada for chrissakes — can't even pull off a winter-themed festival today.
Winterlude time in Ottawa usually means crisp temperatures, icy conditions, and the Rideau Canal covered in happy skaters.
But just two days into the annual winter festival, "adverse weather conditions" have caused some cancellations. It's just too damn warm.
This is what the canal looks like now: a really big puddle.
Ice sculptures are cowering in fear.
Snowmen have been transformed into tragic tableaux of global warming.
With a high of 4 degrees, it's basically Waterlude out there.
The National Capital Commission had to close the canal's skateway due to the rain and warmth.
And all events at Jacques-Cartier Park — aka "Snowflake Kingdom" — were cancelled for Feb. 1.
Thankfully there was enough chill on the weekend for Winterlude to pull off a new record for most snowmen built in a single hour. 2,069, to be exact.
Why the long face, little guy? Is it because you're probably now a pile of slush?
While the weather is expected to dip back below freezing on Tuesday, Ottawa will see temperatures of around 7 degrees on Wednesday.
Lauren Strapagiel is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.
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