Wednesday, 22 June 2005 - 19:59 BSTName: doubledog
What do you call 'hot'? My daughter spent two whole summers in England and called home each day. Every single day for two summers I asked, "How are you?" and she answered, "Freezing cold." She was at Monnington-On-Wye. I sent sweaters and a jacket but she was still too chilly.
Here in Norfolk, Virginia, USA, we have already experienced quite a few days high in the nineties with heat index over one hundred. A week from Saturday we go to the condo on the beach for five weeks...on an island facing Charleston, South Carolina. That's what I call hot. It's so hot it makes Norfolk heat feel cool. The first beach week every year, I just drag around, barely able to hold up my head. By the time we leave, I'm just starting to get used to it. So when you tell about how 'hot' it was over there in cold, rainy England, I wonder if we have the same temperatures in mind associated with the word HOT. :-)
Thursday, 23 June 2005 - 00:35 BSTName: Tessa
Our summers have been getting much hotter over the past few years. My husband recorded 77F at 5.30 pm on the 17th, 80F at the same time on the 18th and 84/85F at nearly 9.00 pm on Sunday evening. In London, it reached 90F. I think it must have been around 88F in the early afternoon on the 19th up at Singleton. The trouble is the speed at which the temperature rises, over 10 degrees Fahreinheit in a few days, and it is a very humid heat as well which makes it much worse.
When I spent nearly a year in Madrid, I acclimatised as the weather just got warmer gradually and it was a dry heat. But when the heat arrives suddenly in England, or I arrive where the heat is, I have a bit of a problem. I could never visit a country with 110F - I would pass away!