Terraniux wrote:As much as I hate to say this: can you hold the hotness there till it's over. They are predicting that after you survived it, we will be next in line, the upper west countries.
I am not sure about Scandinavia......... Or send it to the moon!!! I don't care.... We already survived 2 heatwaves.....
We can survive it alright, it's not the first heatwave we get like this so my country was somewhat well prepared, and certainly won't be the last one, we have been getting heatwaves like this one right before or during summer for the past 10+ years, but it just so happens that this one broke records so it's the biggest one to date, by around 2-3ºC compared with the biggest we had before a few years ago.
Although the elderly and pets (dogs, I have one for instance) are the ones who suffer the most, the former for obvious reasons, and dogs (pets in general) because they have no clue why is it so hot so they don't really know what to do like we humans do, and so they drink about the same amount of water during the day as usual, when they should drink more, so I had to keep a close eye to my dog to check if she was still enduring it enough and not getting dehydrated.
My brother cooled her head off with water too, and I have been sharing the fans with her, to make her as comfortable as possible until the temperatures drop.
And I have an elderly neighbor who confessed to my brother today that she didn't feel very well yesterday, so it's been that rough.
In my own case (as well as many others), I have it worse (as well as my neighbor in the same floor) than most of my neighbors because I live in the last floor of a building, with a huge skylight and almost no insulation whatsoever, and we get hit with a very strong greenhouse effect here.
The consequence of this (it's a 3rd floor btw) is that the heat we have at this floor is often very close to the temperature outside. Meaning that if it's 40ºC outside, at this floor it's probably around 38ºC, while the rest of the building, from the 2nd floor and below, it cools down by a lot, often by between 5 to 10ºC compared to the outside temperature, meaning the rest of the building to be at around 30ºC to 35ºC, if not less at times, making the temperature a lot more bearable.
I have been living here for probably a couple of decades already, so I know what happens during hot days, so I am kinda used to it, but it's still quite hellish, and amazing how while you're going upstairs (we don't have elevator either), it's all cool and fine until the 2nd floor, but as you go up those 2 sets of stairs to the 3rd floor, it feels like you're entering hell.
Fortunately, it seems tonight the temperatures will drop more severely, and temperatures will be more normal starting tomorrow.