Warwick gets ready for the big freeze
AS THE mercury is expected to march down below zero again for the second time in a week, it may be time to accept the warm weather is well and truly gone.
The unseasonal warmth that hung around so considerately, has vanished, faster than someone might say, "Mum, the pipes are frozen!"
For Warwick man Trevor Wiseman, it's just part of living in Warwick.
"I've been here since the early 90s so I'm used to the way the weather changes by now, but it's still a bit of a shock," he said.
"It's definitely turned.
"I get up before 5am most mornings too, so I get to experience the real cold, that all those who sleep in miss out on.
"But the coldest part of the day is right on dawn for about half an hour, just as the sun is waking up.
"Plus I work at the Big W distribution centre, which is a giant shed, so it's cold all day in winter, it's just impossible to warm that place up.
"We wear gloves when we can and big jackets, but it still creeps through."
As for the home and fighting the cold on a family level, Mr Wiseman said modern homes collect and hold the heat pretty well these days.
"We don't have a fireplace and try not to use the reverse-cycle too much, it's for really cold mornings or emergencies, too expensive to run it all the time," he said.
"We might have to pull out the doona soon though.
"The ugg boots are already out.
"And I reckon the soups and stews aren't too far away either."
Mr Wiseman and his family took to the cold tonight for the outdoor screening of Pixar favourite Inside Out, put on by the Warwick Telstra shop and the Warwick Wolves Football Club.
"This is our acclimatisation," he joked.
"It's pretty cold tonight.
"We're getting ready for the real deal which is just around the corner.
"Getting the hoodies and trackies out of hibernation and into circulation."
Better rug up Warwick.