It’s 86 degrees Fahrenheit, 30 degrees Celsius. Are you serious, it’s this hot where I am and I’ve been out biking this is how hot it is all summer.
well done. you’re used to it. we’re on the same global line as canada and russia.
less than one percent of the population in the UK has air conditioning, it’s over 10% of your yearly energy consumption. our temperature often doesn’t get much higher than 20. this is a huge change for us, and the elderly and young are very much at risk. we aren’t used to even having to carry water bottles out of the house. this is a huge difference, one we can’t get used to very quickly.
several hundred people have died and all you can think of is that it’s hotter where you are? show some fucking respect and realise that not everywhere is the same as america.
Also the UK is super humid whereas a lot of places in America are a much drier heat. Humid heat is notorious for feeling a lot worse because your sweat doesn’t evaporate so you can’t cool down.
And practically none of our public buildings/shops etc. have any sort of air conditioning. It’s not just houses missing it. We’re totally unprepared for any sort of weather that’s not mild and wildly unexciting.
This is Japan in a nutshell. Forget all the crazy stuff with the weird tv programs and the cosplaying—that’s just the outer shell that gets attention because it’s unusual. This, this is the beauty of the country. I’ve had little grandmothers chase me down because I dropped my shinkansen tickets. In amusement parks, the attendants do their upmost to get lost items (usually cardigans or kids’ shoes) back to the owners—before the owners even realize they’d lost said item(s). I’ve had complete strangers not only give my thorough directions but have offered to drive me to the place I needed to go.
It is so, so, so hard to go back to the States after you get the J-treatment. I mean, Japan has its downside (“What is this madness you call pizza???”), but the general attitudes of everyone—even the so-called hardcore yankees (two of whom who, on a blazing summer day, helped me find one of my schools when I was heinously lost in the labyrinth that is the neighborhood in which said school is located)—is the epitome of the mindset that I wish everyone would adopt. Because yelling at people gets you nowhere. And being able to empathize with people kinda helps make this country a really nice place to live in.