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First "winter wusses" and now "summer softies." Are Canadians giving themselves a bad weather name?

Canadians are 'summer softies,' here's why

Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 8:33 AM - First "winter wusses" and now "summer softies." Are Canadians giving themselves a bad weather name?

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The debate started last winter after Macleans.ca released a report referring to Canadians as "winter wusses" unable to to "tolerate" winters like they used to. With a lot of "back in the day" references to how things were, the article highlighted how "winter aversion is practically endemic."

Despite some valid points such as an increase in school cancellations and expansions of "underground walkways so locals can avoid the cold," is it really fair to say, "Canada is—frankly—turning into a nation of winter wusses?"

Possibly. Read more on that here.

Now, based on a recent Weather Network poll, it's looking like most people can't handle the summer season either. 

Tuesday's poll question asked: What would you rather do without this summer? Thunderstorms or excessive heat? The numbers speak for themselves with over 70 percent saying they could live without excessive heat.

Another heat related poll question last month revealed that of the 1,500+ people who participated, 68 percent voted that "too hot" is any temperature 30 degrees or higher and not 40+ degrees. And that's after what many complained to be an "endless winter." 

So you'd prefer to avoid the blizzards and windchills, but you also find 30 degree temperatures "extreme." Is there anything about the Canadian weather you do enjoy?

Yes! We found it. Thunderstorms. 

Much of the country has already seen a thunderstorm or two ahead of the official start of summer, and despite their severe and potentially dangerous nature, they continue to fascinate and captivate a lot of the nation. 

The proof: 

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