Europe is currently being burned alive and people still think climate change is a joke. It’s warmer in North Europe than in the middle eastern deserts.
Nearly all northern countries broke their decades old heat records this week.
Its only in the low hundreds in farenheit??? In America we get that for like a month or two straight every year??? Y’all need to deal is it really normally so cold over there that yall can live with a little heat???
If you’re gonna have an ignorant American attitude then please only stay on American posts. No one in North Europe has an AC in their houses. Stores, animal shelters, elderly houses, no one has AC. the houses are designed to keep the heat in. The people are not accustomed to the heat. A sudden climate shift like this is extremely dangerous to older people and babies specifically.
There are programs being run to inform elderly people what to do to not die in this heat. There was a heatwave in the Netherlands in 2010 in which approximately 500 more elderly people passed away than normally.
Americans are so fucking annoying
Friendly reminder to everyone who goes “what’s the big deal?”–Last year we had a similar heat wave and it caused our rivers to recede so much that people found stones with messages like “if you find this stone, weep” engraved on them, which are also known as “hunger stones”, left behind dozens if not hundreds of years ago when similar droughts hit Europe. This weather is so NOT normal for us. So very much not. It usually happens maybe once a century, but now we get this EVERY year. This is not normal.
I mean, I am on a fucking island in the Atlantic, where everything is build for really humid weather with temperatures between 5-20 degrees Celsius. Last Monday, we had 27 degrees. 27 Celsius. In a place where NO-ONE has aircon. Where we just had devastating wildfires last year.
I come from a place that has hot summers and cold winters. I know how to deal with both, but even I can tell that this is NOT normal and it is NOT healthy.
…also most of america does not break 100F for a few months a year, what the fuck, and we did so less often even twenty years ago.
and even in most parts of America that do get a lot of heat, when it’s degrees over 100 people mostly become puddles and/or avoid going outdoors. that is a killing heat by the standards of any climate, it’s just that when you’re prepared for it you’re less likely to actually die.
please do not sit in Arizona and laugh at other people for not handling heat well.
Arizona was barely regarded as habitable until air conditioning became common.
‘Sup, Texas here. It does get super hot and humid here, for long stretches at a time. Months, even. Also? Every house, apartment, restaurant, shop, library, everything has air conditioning, to the extent that I have to wear a jacket indoors all summer. PLUS every room in every home has ceiling fans. When my AC broke at home, the temp in my house quickly skyrocketed to 96 degrees F in the middle of the night.
So yeah, asshole American up there, all high and mighty with “just deal with it”? How much time do you spend where you have absolutely no access to AC? And I mean, none whatsoever? Or are you hiding in your 72 degree hole all day because the pavement will melt your shoes?
I’m from Seattle. Nobody has AC there because it never used to get hot enough to need it. But there were days when it got into the 80’s, 90’s, and even 100’s. With no AC, no ceiling fans, nothing. If you can go to a coffee shop or a movie theater with AC, great. But when you have to go back home to sleep, it’s absolute misery. There is no escaping the heat. I had to sleep under wet blankets.
Europe is a bit different. The buildings are super old, the climate is very mild, and their infrastructure isn’t set up to handle hot weather. Do coffee shops have AC? Probably not, is my guess. Buildings up there are designed to stay warm, not keep cool. Is there any escape at all?
People’s metabolisms in Europe are not acclimated to handle hot weather like people in the southern US. This is important. If you aren’t properly acclimated for an extreme climate, and you find yourself in it? You can die. If that climate comes to you? You’re screwed. You can get heat exhaustion and heat stroke in just a matter of hours.
Europe, stay hydrated. Think cool thoughts. I’m so sorry. 🙁
July 29, 2019
To answer @nanonaturalist
Coffee shops don’t have AC, cinemas don’t have AC, libraries don’t have AC, nowhere has AC. I got bit by a mosquito for the first time in my life last year since it got warm enough for the human biting ones to get up here.
Not part of answer:
I remember my aunt telling me about the differences between how they handle the heat in the summer in Florida and France when she went to each respectively recently. Apparently in Florida there is AC built into every single nook and cranny a human might find themselves inside and when you wait in outside lines where there aren’t any walls to attach AC to they spray you with water mist, they fucking spray you with water mist. When she went to France, people had no more than we did in terms of AC, people just had to ‘deal with it’. Which is fucking dangerous! They regularly passed out in lifts (elevators) which could easily lead to a death of a perfectly healthy adult if not attended to immediately.
You can’t exactly put AC in the historical buildings without either damaging the building or ruining the beauty of the architecture that made it a desirable tourist destination in the first place, so don’t just say ‘deal with it’ when we can’t exactly solve this problem with AC like you guys. I literally had to walk from a place named after the roman bathhouses we have buildings that old and fragile. I live in a house built in the Victorian era ffs, just the addition of electrical wiring itself was a shitshow, I doubt many of your buildings were built before the 40’s making it really easy for you to make the infrastructural changes.
Our whole countries are reaching temperatures of the inside of a fucking car, and when you don’t crack the window or put the AC on, your kids fucking die in the car. You have AC in your car, we don’t (metaphorically, and I need to point out the metaphor because some asshole is going to point out that we probably do have AC in our cars)
Re: mosquitos, shit. My understanding is that y’all don’t have windowscreens, either? Which is completely incomprehensible in the mosquito-ridden US. They’re terrible. I get bit about 50 times (not exaggerating) every time I step outside in the summer. Even during the day, thanks to the invasive Aedes mosquitos that blanket the southeastern US. They sneak into the house and lay eggs in the guest toilet and fishtank.
There are some historic buildings in the US, but we couldn’t give two craps about preserving old buildings here. Also, with our climate, as soon as electricity and AC were invented, they were put in everwhere. Even the super historic house museums in Austin have AC (they have to or they’d be uninhabitable and the artifacts would be destroyed—they only date back to the mid-1800’s though).
There are standing and window AC units that don’t require massive construction projects, so the older apartments and houses here ususlly have window-unit air conditioners hanging out of them. They take up the entire window, they are loud and ugly af, but… I mean, it’s air conditioning. You just plug them for power.
And yes, the water misting is accurate. They do that in Texas, too. Makes it nice to dine outdoors in the summer when I forgot to bring my polar fleece to the restaurant 🙄
July 31, 2019