I love that phrase – my Irish mother-in-law always used to say it. Ireland is so rainy but after a few days of sun she would be bothered by the heat and say ‘ooh the heat the heat’. I adore her – probably because she is very like me!
Anyway, back to the heat.
I come from a part of South Africa where it gets pretty hot. High temperatures in summer are regularly about 42°C/107.6°F and the place pictured below which is about 5km out of town has temperatures in the sun which are over 50°C/122°F at midday during the height of summer.
Yes it is hot. But the heat is dry. And near the coast it is much cooler. Also, houses are built with thick walls and high ceilings to keep the heat out. Plus there are often wide verandahs which are cool. In addition, it cools down a lot once then sun sets, which it does at about 6pm.
But this summer in Sweden has been the most hot and uncomfortable I have ever been in my life, despite being metres away from the second biggest lake in Sweden. The heat has been relentless – over 31°C/87°F for weeks on end. That may not appear high but the sun is up almost constantly for months which means that it never cools down. There is no darkness to allow things to cool down a little. The houses/buses/shops/trains are built to keep heat in. And it is humid.
I have been unable to sleep or to concentrate, my cats have spent summer under the bath and my output rate for translations has dropped by half.
A surprising friend to me this summer has been a good old fashion hand fan, for want of a better word. Amazing that something from the 4th Century BC has remained unchanged and still works perfectly today!
This one came from a wonderful friend in Japan and is a common-or-garden easily found one. It has a little pouch and clasp to keep it together in your bag. I cannot tell you how many people (of all ages) have asked me where I bought it!