Saturday, August 18, 2012

Highs in the 80s and low 90s? Light shit, man.

In France, it is known as the canicule. In English, it’s simply called a heat wave. And while speakers of both languages can probably agree that oppressively hot weather typically renders people sluggish and listless, the trauma of France’s last major canicule in 2003 has the country’s authorities in overdrive.
French weather services have forecasted temperatures in the mid to high 30s Celsius (high 80s to low 90s Farenheit) in the coming days, which, after a summer of mediocre weather, has come to some as a welcome reprieve. But while some Parisians plan evening picnics on the edge of the Seine and others eagerly look forward to a weekend on the beach, the ministry of health has been busy taking precautions against the sweltering heat.


I'm happy when it's in the low nineties - once it tops 100 I'm looking for shade and I put my chores and anything I else I have to do til after dark once it goes above 110.
I do remember though, coming home on leave from Germany in the middle of their heat wave back in August of 1980, and when I stepped off the plane here I almost fucking died. Temps in the 90s back in Germany and motherfuckers were dying like flies, and here it was 100 degrees at 9 PM.