This winter’s chills have been a shock to many, including Grandma. The lady on the telly in the morning asked whether this could be the coldest in living memory. Grandma certainly can’t remember a colder day than today, due to her increasing confusion and the blurring of memories from the past. For her, each day is the coldest in living memory.
Grandma immigrated from Southampton, England in 1968, and data from the UK’s Metorological Office shows that she’s been much colder before. In January 1963, minimums in Southampton reached -4.60 degrees Celsius, or 240 Fahrenheit as it was recorded at the time. Grandma used to be able to do this calculation, but she can’t any more. It’s much warmer now, especially in her room.
Someone get Grandma’s cardigan. No, the red one. And some slippers.