Heat wave summer

Heat wave summer

Heat wave in Spain and Portugal, over 1000 people have died. In the UK too, high temperatures are forecast over 100 degrees F (40C ). These will be the highest temperatures ever recorded in the UK.

Photos in the papers of people relaxing on the beach are not helpful. This is not a vacation. This is a climate crisis.

These temperatures were predicted by climate scientists as a warning that if we continue to rely on fossil fuels, heat waves like this would be common by 2050. That future is NOW.

People in Chicago learned a lot from the heat wave of July, 1995. There are cooling centers, and emergency numbers to call. And still, people die here in the summer from the heat.

Know the difference between heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Here is a handy chart from the National Weather Service. You could save a life–maybe even your own.

Many people are offering advice on how to survive the extreme heat. Let me add some tips, too. Wear loose, lightweight clothing. Check on your neighbors. Talk about the weather. Drink water, and eat cool things. Don’t forget your pets. Leave bowls of water in a shady spot for wild birds and animals.

While politicians take a short-term selfish view, it is the vulnerable —you and me–who suffer, the ones most vulnerable to the plague that continues, too.

Stay cool! stay safe!

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  • A timely and important wake-up call.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Thank you, AW. Much appreciated!

  • Thank you very much. I keep a thermometer in Fahrenheit on my wall and one in Celsius on my PC, so I can do the converting more easily. It's sort of like being bilingual -- but heat waves are miserable in any language.

    I found an energy-saving treat this morning: I had frozen blueberries, but no ice cubes ready to use. I put my blueberries in a teacup and ran cold water into it. In a few minutes, I had much colder water and blueberries that didn't stun my mouth..

    I am using that wall thermometer to get the air just cool enough in here and not run up the bill. Like not taking more medicine that necessary, it helps.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thanks so much for reading! I love the frozen blueberries--this is a wonderful way to use them.
    Apparently, most homes in Britain do not have air-conditioning. It is not that common in Spain and Portugal, either.

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