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Been hearing about major heatwaves across Europe this week - I hope they're more prepared in France than they were when that last heatwave happened and killed so many people.

 

How is it in the UK? As far as I could tell, the temps are a bit lower than on the mainland, but I'm not sure what's on the way. We're having a week of temps in the 90s here and are very grateful for air conditioning. Is air conditioning a thing in homes over there these days, or are you relying on fans and cold drinks?

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Supposed to be 31 C  where we’re heading today. Air conditioning common in cars but not homes in UK. Last year heat was relentless but summer has taken a while to arrive this year. 

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it is forecasted to be up to 34C in London area today, but its only for one day. Back to 23-24C for tomorrow and most of next week - thank goodness!!

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Here in North Liverpool it's hot but not unbearably so but it is unbearably humid.

 

It's clouded over and we are expecting rain.

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Interestingly I read about five deaths in different parts of France ....all people oldish...60-70 plus BUT did these people die in the middle of some over hot city ...no...they were all people who were on beaches ....though one might have been near a river....all went from a 40 degree beach heat and dived straight into cold water!! So,be careful going from extreme heat to extreme cold can be dangerous for older people.

I don't know anyone personally who has air conditioning in their home!! Well not in UK. I guess it's not consistently hot enough for long enough for people to install it. You do get it in hotels but sometimes once the temperature goes above a certain point their systems are not always able to cope and seem to break down rather easily. 

In London those "new" buses are awful the air conditioning never seems to work properly and you will cook when it's over 30 as the few windows on these buses are very small and don't let much air in. Last year I had to get off a 73 bus caught in a traffic jam because I thought I might expire ....actually much cooler to walk!! 

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Last year once the temperatures hit the mid 30s the climate control on the neonatal unit I work on stopped working so with the heat from the equipment the room temp rose quickly into the 40s. The investigation found the cooling unit on the roof couldn’t cope with the heat and it was suggested that in future if temps rise to same levels cooling unit will need to be sprayed with water.  Imagine some hotels will use similar units. 

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I went to the cinema this afternoon.  Although not as hot as yesterday it was still uncomfortably warm in the screen we were in and the staff were giving us bottles of cold water.

 

I've just had Chipdog out and it is overcast and the breeze is making it feel cooler.  I just wish the humidity would drop.

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It was so hot at 6pm today in London that after a few minutes walking to the tube (en route to Sadler's Wells) I literally felt as if I was getting sunburnt. Crazy. Thank God the forecast is for it to be cooler tomorrow.

 

I can't wait for the autumn... :D

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I must admit I've just reached that age where I'm not too keen on temperatures over about 25 any more!! 

I do always relish the first few hottish days of the year though ...when you can sit in the garden with a cup of tea for the first time with no coat on as it reaches about 20 degrees! 

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There have been numerous occurrences of fatalities over the years from people going from one extreme of temperature to another, rather than giving their bodies time to adjust.  I believe getting out of an air-conditioned car into very hot conditions is a major cause.

 

I have to say, it was beautifully cool in Sadlers Wells' café yesterday - unlike in the "high street", where I really wondered if the sun was burning through my skirt and its lining.

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23 hours ago, LinMM said:

I must admit I've just reached that age where I'm not too keen on temperatures over about 25 any more!! 

 

I've always been that age... :lol:

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Ha ha RuthE ....at least you've probably got a good skin age!

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