London Heats Up

So London is sweltering in a heat wave – it’s been 31c for the last four days, and the temperature is forecast to rise ever higher for the rest of the week.

As a nation, it seems we Brits like nothing better than to complain about the weather. It’s too cold, it’s too wet, it’s too dry. Now, of course, everyone is saying it’s too hot.

The problem when it gets hot in Britain is not the heat but the humidity. We’re a small island, surrounded by water, and as it gets hot, it gets cloyingly, unbearably humid, until we have a thunderstorm to clear the air. It was hotter in Tanzania than it is here, but the atmosphere there is extremely dry and easier to deal with.

Personally I don’t mind the heat. I have more a problem with the cold. Of course, I am privileged enough to work in an air conditioned office, so being cool enough to concentrate on work is not really a problem. The underground, though, is not a pleasant place to be when it’s hot. Having your face shoved into someone’s armpit is not nice at the best of times – when that person’s all hot and sweaty, it’s even worse.

However, a hot summer was forecast, and as the last two summers have been dismal, weather-wise, I do think we should make the most of this weather while we can.

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2 comments so far

  1. Clair Dickson on

    Sounds a little like Michigan! Not an island, but a mitten surround by water.

    We had one of them mind-melting heat waves about two weeks ago… now it barely gets warm enough for tee shirts (60F here, 16C for the English who, funnily, don’t use the English system. 😉 Funny weather.

    I’ve now determined my optimum operating temperature is about 75F (24C), give or take 5 degrees. Anything outside that has a high risk of making me unhappy. =)

  2. trulyana on

    That’s it, you said it right there. It is about appreciating the weather, rain or shine. It is interesting how much emphasis is placed on the weather, from observance in the UK. The weather is the most talked about subject at work, funningly enough. Nice to be back. 🙂


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