Look to the right outside the window of our second floor office on the F.W. Hill Mall in beautiful downtown Regina, and the photo above is what you’ll see. Look to the left, and the photo after the jump is what you’ll see. But as cold and snowy as it is here, things could be worse.

In Australia, for instance,¬†it’s the height of summer, and they’re baking in a record heat wave that has seen temperatures in coastal cities like Sydney reach 41.8 degrees C, and wildfires sweep through tens of thousands of acres of forests, farmland and national parks in the most populous¬†state of New South Wales and on the island of Tasmania. Here’s a Guardian report with video from a few days ago.