MetaHeatWave June 29, 2018 12:29 PM   Subscribe

A fair number of countries/places around the world are experiencing extreme heat and weather conditions. I wanted to have a place for us to check-in with each other. Remember to reach out to your neighbors, friends, family, and loved ones to make sure they're ok. People who are older, as well as our MetaPets, should also be given extra consideration as they're particularly vulnerable to this kind of heat. A reminder to drink lots of water and find some shade and/or air conditioning if possible. Feel free to share your own tips/tricks for keeping cool.
posted by Fizz to MetaFilter-Related at 12:29 PM (70 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

Stay cool, everybody! We'll be at the pool club all weekend- anyone want to take the train out to northern NJ, you're welcome to join us as a guest :)
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:43 PM on June 29 [1 favorite]


Also, a good reminder that the public library is a great place to go hang out and enjoy some "free" air conditioning and books.

Books are cool.
posted by Fizz at 12:45 PM on June 29 [5 favorites]


We're hitting the museum tomorrow, good AC and they have a lovely cafe.
posted by arcticseal at 12:47 PM on June 29 [1 favorite]


About 72 out here in the sunny excelsior district of foggy San Francisco prob be hotter tomorrow. I suppose I’m happy as far as my peppers go- but I’m wilting personally. And this isn’t even that hot!
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 12:50 PM on June 29


Also, a good reminder that the public library is a great place to go hang out and enjoy some "free" air conditioning and books.

Yes! The local public library here is a good respite from the heat - and, unlike just about everywhere else with air con, they don't require you to buy something.

There is an FPP for the current British heatwave. Very related: if MetaFilter is doing new merch, any chance it could urgently do thongs? Thank you.
posted by Wordshore at 1:02 PM on June 29 [9 favorites]


I'm home in England but travelling back to Paris on Sunday when it will be 33c/91f! Public transport will be fun...
posted by ellieBOA at 1:14 PM on June 29 [2 favorites]


MetaFilter: any chance it could urgently do thongs?
posted by cooker girl at 1:20 PM on June 29 [6 favorites]


New York Mefites: I have a great cool-off idea for you!

There are several boat clubs in the city that have free walk-up programs on summer weekends. While the logistical details can vary, generally they all follow a similar pattern: the club has all its boats set up at a given location for a given stretch of time, and anyone can wander over, sign a waiver, and then get to try out one of their kayaks or canoes or whatever, for about 20 minutes, totally free. (So long as you stay in a specific area, but it's still usually a big enough area that you can get a decent taste.) Don't know how to kayak? No problem, they'll teach you! They provide the boat, the life vest, the paddle, everything you need.

I personally volunteer at one of these clubs - the one in Brooklyn Bridge Park - and will be there on Sunday, July 1st in the morning. Usually I end up being the one to fit everyone out with the best-fitting life vest before you get out on the water. But if Brooklyn Bridge Park is too far there are clubs in Queens, the Bronx, and South Brooklyn, as well as a couple of programs along the Hudson River Park in Manhattan. Also - check out the New York Parks Department site for city park-sponsored canoe, kayak, and other boat programs.

If you do come out to Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday, say hi!
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:24 PM on June 29 [6 favorites]


MetaFilter is doing new merch

Heinz Beans but with #006699 labels and #CCCC00 text.
posted by Freelance Demiurge at 1:25 PM on June 29 [2 favorites]


The two cats and I are flopped out in front of the fan, on our backs with our little paws in the air.

Rehearsing Shakespeare in the park all tomorrow afternoon. 'S'gonna be a melty, melty day.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 1:33 PM on June 29 [7 favorites]


I have to take my kids to the pool tomorrow for swim lessons.

My shoulders are pre-emptively getting sunburned just from thinking about it.
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 1:43 PM on June 29 [2 favorites]


No freaking way am I leaving my air conditioned oasis to do Canada Day things. Or any not-in-my-house things.

I think this summer is going to be bad. I'm seriously considering getting a couple of these clip-on armpit fans. Except I'd stick one on the back of my collar. I don't care if my blouse billows out like a hot-air balloon. I'm done with being steamed like a hot dog in my own sweat.
posted by Stonkle at 3:06 PM on June 29 [4 favorites]


No freaking way am I leaving my air conditioned oasis to do Canada Day things. Or any not-in-my-house things.

My manager who is also my really good friend is moving, he just bought a new home and of course he's decided to move on one of the hottest days of the year, so I'm trying to decide how much I really want to offer up my help, it's not something I'm obligated to do by any means, but he is a friend and he needs the help, but damnit, it's hot outside.
posted by Fizz at 3:09 PM on June 29 [2 favorites]


So, we've been moving (we bought a house, y'all!) and I set the utility shutoffs for today, thinking we'd be done yesterday. Ah, the optimism of moving. I still needed to clean today and move the last couple of boxes.

I arrived at the rental house this morning, and discovered that the city had been super efficient and already cut the water. On the other hand, I can't blame them for wanting to get it over with early in the day, since they have to hand read that meter. I cussed, trundled to the store, bought a few gallons and water for cleaning, and reveled in the fact that the power, and thus, the AC was still on.

I took a break for lunch... and y'all know where this is going, right? The power had been cut when I got back, which is how I finished cleaning in 93 degree heat and open windows didn't do a damn thing.

I am now in my delicious state cooled icebox of an office, aggressively rehydrating.
posted by joycehealy at 3:20 PM on June 29 [10 favorites]


My shoulders are pre-emptively getting sunburned just from thinking about it.

Don't forget to wear your sunscreen.
posted by Fizz at 4:09 PM on June 29 [1 favorite]


It's gonna be in the 90s up here, so of course I'm going hiking! Through the nice shady woods, to a campsite by a pond. It's gonna be sweet!
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 4:35 PM on June 29 [1 favorite]


It's a little weird, but I go in for a lot of mint and minty things when it's brainmeltingly hot.

Also, running cold water on the inside of your wrists helps.
posted by Making You Bored For Science at 5:05 PM on June 29 [2 favorites]


Just in the nick of time, I saw 5,000 btu window A/Cs on sale at Aldi the other day for less than $100 and bought it to keep my upstairs bedroom cool. It's a little undersized but so are my upstairs windows so it's about the best I can hope for.
My tip is to close up all the curtains and blinds when the sun is shining. Our kitchen is along the back of the house in a former exterior porch separated from the rest of the downstairs by 2 ft of masonry with one door-sized opening so it doesn't get a lot of benefit from the A/C unit that cools the rest of the downstairs. It also has about 35 linear feet of wrap-around windows I kid you not--nice views but it was like having a kitchen in a greenhouse last summer. I installed mini-blinds all the way around and now religiously shut them every morning on hot days and it makes about a 5 degree temperature difference over last year. Even if you aren't dealing with a quirky old farmhouse with no central air, you'll stay cooler on less electricity if you are conscientious about closing your drapes and blinds during the daytime.
posted by drlith at 5:08 PM on June 29 [5 favorites]


Also, today I was really glad that my only full work appointment was in the morning, meaning that I got most of my roof-and-attic time out of the way before things started to really sizzle. Plus the house I was working at was pretty heavily shaded—not so great for solar, but really a boon to my delicate meatflesh. I did have to spend some time straddling a roof peak later in the day, but I'm sure my inner thighs will eventually grow back.
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 5:10 PM on June 29 [2 favorites]


If you're in an apartment, get a box fan and place it in a window pointing outwards, so that pulls cool night air in through the window you sleep closest to.
posted by bonobothegreat at 5:12 PM on June 29


It's a little weird, but I go in for a lot of mint and minty things when it's brainmeltingly hot.

Not at all, this makes absolute sense. I grew up in a family that would put mint leaves, freshly squeezed lemon juice/let the slices and rinds float in the pitcher and then water. No sugar, just mint and lemon juice, ice and water, it's the most refreshing thing ever on a hot summer day.
posted by Fizz at 5:54 PM on June 29 [7 favorites]


My shoulders are pre-emptively getting sunburned just from thinking about it.

Don't forget to wear your sunscreen.


Jump past the sunscreen and get yourself a swim shirt (NOT A RASH GUARD). People of our fair, red-headed complexions should just be issued swim shirts from day one. Ask me about the time I had my then-nine-year-old apply sunscreen to my back.

Seriously. Get one. It will change your life.
posted by cooker girl at 6:05 PM on June 29 [6 favorites]


I feel bad here near Seattle where it's only in the mid 60s or so. Stay cool, everyone.
posted by Alensin at 6:13 PM on June 29 [2 favorites]


It's very very hot here, but that just means I've got lots of tips for heat for those of you grappling with temperatures you haven't had a chance to acclimate to.

Do you all know what a cooling wrap is? They're super great for heat--generally they're just cloth wraps that can slip over your head or neck that can be wetted down so that the evaporation cools you off. They are very simple and very easy--if you don't want to buy one, you can honestly probably get the right effect from a damp scarf, one of the light ones that are more for fashion than warmth. (Personally, I have this style and it has just about revolutionized my outdoor life.) If you use something like that, place it near your head and scalp for preference, then your neck and wrists. You have a lot of blood vessels there that dilate and run close to your skin when you need to dump heat, and if you keep those specific areas cooler you'll make their job easier. The more surface area you cool, the better--but those are where the best bang for your buck is.

If you have a dog with thick, double-coated hair and you're considering shaving them for the summer, incidentally, consider a belly cut--there are similar blood vessels on a dog along the underside of the chest and especially especially the thighs. A clean double coat with all the dead underfur brushed out is pretty good at preventing heat from getting in in the first place while letting internal hair out, but the belly isn't going to be getting a lot of heat reflected into it anyway. So clip that first and see if it helps before going for an all-body shave.

Those double-insulated steel tumblers and water bottles are indispensable for me--I have a hydroflask knockoff now and it gets filled up with ice about once a day, with water thrown on over top as needed. I drink more when water is cold, and you stay cooler. Bonus for those of you with cool climates: they keep hot things hot pretty well, too.

Eucalyptus, mint, and products like Vick's VapoRub will make air coming into your mouth and/or nose feel cooler, at least. That can be very comforting when it's especially horrible out, especially when heat mixes with allergies to produce a terrible mixture of stuffiness.

Personally I am rediscovering the joy of palazzo pants lately: the lightweight fabric helps to reflect the sunlight, but it also does an amazing job at both letting body heat out and also catching breezes since it moves so much. They're actually probably cooler for me than shorts are, because shorts don't amplify every bit of wind to cool my legs.
posted by sciatrix at 6:55 PM on June 29 [6 favorites]


It's a little weird, but I go in for a lot of mint and minty things when it's brainmeltingly hot.

eating and drinking it is great, but applying it to your poor sweltering body is sublime. get hold of some nice quality peppermint oil or a mint oil blend (i love Saje's Peppermint Halo, but any mint essential oil will do) and slather it on your wrists, your neck, your temples. cool, refreshing bliss. swab yourself down with an ice cube while you're at it and pretend you're a mojito.
posted by halation at 6:55 PM on June 29 [6 favorites]


MetaFilter: pretend you're a mojito.
posted by Fizz at 6:59 PM on June 29 [12 favorites]


I was getting worried about my parents. They're in their 80s, need the landlord to put the air conditioners in, and he hadn't done it yet. I was about to drive 3.5 hours to do it myself when the landlord finally came through for them.
posted by maurice at 7:17 PM on June 29 [4 favorites]


Austin Texas heat index will be 105 tomorrow I hate everything.
posted by nikaspark at 8:26 PM on June 29 [2 favorites]


Southern Colorado. In years past, we used to have maaaaaybe 2-3 days in the high 90s on bad years, and only in July or August. After it hit the high, the clouds would roll in and we'd have these gloriously dramatic afternoon storms, all lightning and thunder like drums, and then the sky would clear and we'd have cool evenings, and most nights you'd need a sweater.

Lately it's high 90s for several days in a row, no rain, the tall native evergreen prairiegrass in my backyard now brown straw. To the west and the southwest, there's fire, and the night air smells like campfire even though I'm a hundred miles away or more. I heard Denver hit 105 today.

No air conditioning at my house because I'm practically a native and we've never needed them. So I've been sleeping with ice packs behind my knees.

And now I want to be a mojito!
posted by mochapickle at 9:46 PM on June 29 [5 favorites]


eating and drinking it is great, but applying it to your poor sweltering body is sublime. get hold of some nice quality peppermint oil or a mint oil blend (i love Saje's Peppermint Halo, but any mint essential oil will do) and slather it on your wrists, your neck, your temples. cool, refreshing bliss.

Dr. Bronner's liquid castille soap in Peppermint scent is another good delivery system.

Also try getting a quart-size jug and four peppermint tea bags (make sure it's peppermint leaves only). Stick the tea bags in the jug and fill it with water, then let it sit in your fridge for at least an hour before having a glass.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:11 PM on June 29 [3 favorites]


This morning I went to breakfast, and then when I got home I took a look at the glove box that keeps falling open in the car. At the restaurant, even though it was air-conditioned and the morning, I continued to sweat from the heat and humidity for the 45 minutes I was there. But working with the glove box (I'd seen how to remove it to inspect it for the problem, and then also had bought a replacement cabin air-filter because the access is behind the glove box) quickly became almost intolerable in the heat. Sweat was just rolling down my face -- I'm not sure I've ever sweated that much. As soon as I came inside, I stripped and showered (again), then sprawled on my bed for an hour.

Before moving to Kansas City, I had no idea it got this hot. I lived in Austin, Texas for eight years, and it was bad, but I mostly didn't notice it because everyone stays indoors and refrigerated in the summer. But it's only slightly less hot here (every summer for the last six years we've had many 100°F days) and it's even more humid than Austin. It's awful.

I'm from the high desert southwest and the dry heat there is so much more tolerable. Growing up, the summer heat never bothered me -- a breeze and shade would make a huge difference, sweating cooled you right down without leaving you damp, and water in pools or lakes was cold. In a humid climate, the hot air is oppressive like a weight, and there's no relief short of AC.

I really prefer the cold. A dry cold, like in the mountains, with summer highs in the mid-70s. That's where I want to live -- I totally don't mind sub-zero temps and feet of snow.

Higher-than-body-temp outdoor temps plus ~50% relative humidity is like the planet is doing its damnedest to kill you. It's insane.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 1:46 AM on June 30 [4 favorites]


I’m off to volunteer in a small fern garden today - hopefully done by 11ish. But tomorrow I’m at work outside all day. Debating asking if I can come in two hours early so I can leave two hours early because the forecast is for 99oF. Otherwise I’ll be looking for work to do in shady areas of the gardens.

Oh and ThePinkSuperhero, I wish I could send my husband and kid down to you guys at the pool!
posted by sciencegeek at 3:43 AM on June 30 [1 favorite]


Over here we've had upper 20s to lower 30s Celsius since freaking May, with only short respite periods and a draught, in a country built for cold winters and summers that maybe hit upper 20s for a few weeks in July/August. Around 85 in American money is when I start having real problems with the heat, moreso if nights don't go below 20/68. I was this close to biting the bullet and getting AC in my apartment, except apparently the layout means that to cool the entire place I'd need two separate split units (no route to run a multi-split without major demolition) which is beacoup money in installation and annual maintenance. If July and August remain as bad, I may bite the bullet, get one unit and camp out on the living room couch when the heat's scorching.
posted by I claim sanctuary at 4:27 AM on June 30 [1 favorite]


Y'all are missing the lime, rum, and sugarcane aspects of a mojito, do those just go straight in my mouth? I dig it.

It's currently 78 outside and 83 in, I'm closely monitoring the outside temp rising so I can shut the windows at the moment it's hotter outside. (Edit: 79)

I'm about to go outside and put up my 4th of July decorations before it gets too much hotter. It's a bfd on my street (the parade route, natch) and my house looks all sad and bah-humbug when it has nothing. And that's probably as ambitious as I'm going to be today, because I hate this weather. Unless I'm on a beachfront with lots of cold drinks, which I am definitely not.

Stay cool! Wear spf!
posted by Fig at 6:10 AM on June 30


If you're protesting today, bring water and put on sunscreen!
posted by ChuraChura at 6:56 AM on June 30 [4 favorites]


Rainy season is officially over so the sun is back and the heat. I heard the first cicada of the season this afternoon. So, like Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The, I will go hiking in 30-32c weather tomorrow followed by not a cool pond but a nice soak in a hot spring. I know it sounds backwards, but it will feel good. (And besides, it's going to be 30c + here for most of the next two months. That's the usual deal, but it still burns.
posted by Gotanda at 7:02 AM on June 30 [1 favorite]


get hold of some nice quality peppermint oil or a mint oil blend (i love Saje's Peppermint Halo, but any mint essential oil will do) and slather it on your wrists, your neck, your temples.

I put peppermint oil, tea tree oil, grapefruit oil, and clove oil in a spray bottle with 91% isopropyl and spritz my entire self. Bonus: it also works as an insect repellent!
posted by elsietheeel at 7:55 AM on June 30 [7 favorites]


Taking advantage of the heat wave to knock some items of of the Honey Do list - or as I like to call it, the Great American Novel. Stay cool and be productive - killing two birds with one stone.
posted by Roger Pittman at 8:09 AM on June 30


Going to sit in a cool movie theater to watch the Mr. Rogers movie. Then in a cool restaurant to eat pizza. Then to an evening baseball game in the at-least-cooler-than-daytime evening air.
posted by JanetLand at 8:22 AM on June 30 [1 favorite]


People say that "it's the humidity" is a cliché, but dammit, clichés get to be clichés for a reason. I've experienced the same temps in the Southwest and Northeast US, and the drier heat is absolutely easier on the body.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 8:53 AM on June 30 [4 favorites]


People say that "it's the humidity" is a cliché, but dammit, clichés get to be clichés for a reason. I've experienced the same temps in the Southwest and Northeast US, and the drier heat is absolutely easier on the body.

I dare you to visit Houston in midsummer and explain to me how humans are intended to survive in that climate. I'm not sure myself, and I grew up in the southeastern US.
posted by sciatrix at 8:56 AM on June 30 [3 favorites]


Here at Chez Callipygos: the roommate started his Tuesday-Saturday work schedule this week, and is currently working from home about three feet from the air conditioner. I am sitting in a shaded room with a fan close by. I strongly doubt either of us will consider leaving the house before nightfall.

The biggest thing I'm thinking of doing today is going through the backlog of CSA produce and freezing some of it, but even there that involves boiling water at one stage and I don't want to make things too hot so I'm waiting for later.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:59 AM on June 30


Caitlín Kiernan’s The Red Tree has a beautiful passage about the brutality of the Rhode Island summer. Her narrator, an author who moved to Rhode Island from Atlanta, lies on her porch miserably sweating and wondering how it can possibly be this hot and humid having moved that far north. I had exactly that same experience when I moved here from Austin, so it really resonated. She also really makes the Rhode Island summer tactile in The Drowning Girl.

I’ve set up a cool room in the bedroom, with a sheet over the door so the cats can take refuge, Although they are still playing the “furry puddle” game.
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:21 AM on June 30 [4 favorites]


I really prefer the cold. A dry cold, like in the mountains, with summer highs in the mid-70s. That's where I want to live -- I totally don't mind sub-zero temps and feet of snow.

Me too. I prefer the weather up north (taiga level). I love crunchy snow that actually stays on the ground instead of an endless melt-slush-freeze cycle of hell.

The humidex in Toronto right now is 43C/109F. My neighbours went away and left their cats outside. I'm a little worried. Gonna go check to make sure they have a water source.
posted by Stonkle at 9:52 AM on June 30 [7 favorites]


The heat index here is projected to be up to 109F, and up to 97% humidity. This is just about the exact definition of unbearable for me.

Friends, I confess here that I've done a very, very redneck thing. And if it does nothing else, the darkness makes it seem a bit cooler in here.



I have taped tinfoil over most of my windows and glass doors.

Sorry, neighbors who care about how we look. It's (hopefully) a temporary thing.
posted by vers at 10:16 AM on June 30 [3 favorites]


My neighbours went away and left their cats outside. I'm a little worried. Gonna go check to make sure they have a water source.

oh goodness, poor kitties. they have shade, right? maybe you can freeze them some water bottles and set them out in a shady spot, so the kitties can sit or curl up next to them? i froze a bottle of gatorade for my own use, and my own cat's been perched next to it as it thaws.
posted by halation at 10:25 AM on June 30 [1 favorite]


I dare you to visit Houston in midsummer and explain to me how humans are intended to survive in that climate.

I asked my neighbour in Houston this once. The answer was "Indoors with air conditioning, like nature intended."
posted by arcticseal at 10:28 AM on June 30 [5 favorites]


I am staying inside with the aircon on, while being grateful that our rent includes utilities!
I think my husband is now going to have to stop answering the question "why did you leave Australia to move to Canada" with the response that he doesn't like heat. I did warn him before we moved that it does get just as hot here (probably slightly less likely to get a 40C+ day though).
posted by Kris10_b at 12:19 PM on June 30


I appear to be having some problems.

(I'm safe, no one's actually in danger from the above.)
posted by winterhill at 12:26 PM on June 30 [1 favorite]


For some reason, sparkling water feels more cooling to me than still, so I'm breaking my rule of only 1 can per day and allowing myself as many cans as I want.

If you're in an apartment, get a box fan and place it in a window pointing outwards, so that pulls cool night air in through the window you sleep closest to.

Part of the danger with this heat wave - at least here in Chicago - is that it's not cooling down much at night. Tonight the coolest it will get is maybe 80F (and that's with 80+% humidity) which can cause real problems for people when the daytime highs are reaching 100. I was walking home around 11pm last night and believe me, the night air was definitely not cool.

Why is excessive heat so dangerous? (Link to National Weather Service Chicago office Twitter post)
posted by misskaz at 1:07 PM on June 30 [2 favorites]


So there is no such thing as cool night air here. That's not a thing. It's the craziest thing about NYC-- doesn't cool off at night. I grew up in SoCal back when it was still legal to make kids go outside and do gym in 115F+, and that was bearable because I knew the house cooled off at night.

No A/C at home for me, and I can't open the window to the alley unless I want pigeon shit on everything, sooooo....I soak my pajamas in cold water and aim fans at myself so I get an evaporative cooling effect, and that works fine. That, plus the BedFan (TM) plus the mosquito net (it's an old building, they come up from the basement) means I'm sleeping fine. And I have A/C at work and on the subway, so it's fine. I actually get paid extra if the temperature at work drops below 62 or goes above 85. Thanks, unionization!
posted by blnkfrnk at 2:32 PM on June 30 [2 favorites]


I mentioned in the UK heatwave thread that I’m currently cycling across the continent, and I’ve been enduring the current Midwest heatwave as I make my way across Missouri and Illinois. Leaving Farmington, MO, it was 76° at six A.M, with 98% humidity, and only got hotter. It was hell. Even before leaving the small town my shirt was soaked through, and within half an hour my clothes were as wet as if I’d jumped into a pool filled with sweat. Uuuggghhh. Cycling that day’s last ten miles while dealing with the chills of nascent heat exhaustion was a lot of fun.

Old tip: a large cup of iced beverage—think convenience store soda—set between your thighs can do amazing things to keep you cool since you’ll have it right between your femoral arteries.
posted by los pantalones del muerte at 3:39 PM on June 30 [5 favorites]


Oh daaaaaaaaaang.

So, uh, anyone in New York who was considering coming by the Brooklyn Bridge Boathouse on Sunday July 1 - they are actually considering ending early, at noon, because of the heat. They're starting earlier to get people out on the water.

So, uh, if you wanted to come, come before brunch.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 3:54 PM on June 30


Very related: if MetaFilter is doing new merch, any chance it could urgently do thongs?


There's not
enough room
on a
Thong.
posted by sebastienbailard at 2:31 AM on July 1 [4 favorites]


Well that sucked. Started work at 5am (two hours early) and skipped lunch to leave 2.5 hours early. I feel like I’ve been steamrollered.
posted by sciencegeek at 10:43 AM on July 1


Heat index is 100 today, and forecast for higher tomorrow. The humidity in my house, which doesn't have A/C, is 69%. I'm sitting right in front of a tower fan, but it's too miserable to actually do anything (cook, clean, focus on real work) at home today.

At this point am I just being self-defeatingly stubborn by not installing a window a/c unit?
posted by TwoStride at 12:00 PM on July 1 [1 favorite]


Got to the dock at 9 am. We got about 20 boats out; we started a little earlier than usual, so we could make up for ending sooner than usual, and I was expecting it to be slow on the kayak dock - but we had a steady crowd, and we were swapping people in and out of boats and life vests at a fast clip.

Our leader for the day told us all that "if you need to take care of yourself in the heat please do, let me know when you need a time-out or a spell in the shade or even to go home." I called dibs on getting into a boat myself after an hour and change instead - keeping my shorts on when I was in the water, so the water would soak both my bathing suit bottoms and my shorts. (It's cooler on the water itself, blessedly.)

And then the soaked shorts and suit bottom kept me cool-ish as we scurried around closing up, and as I was walking about a mile and a half to the Target (walking to the bus to take home was almost as far, so I figured I'd just walk a bit further, run errands and then take a Lyft the rest of the way). I am surprisingly okay, but that's still about 5 hours in the sun.

Am currently sitting inside with the AC on. I will be churning up some ice cream in a bit, the cold brew I started last night has been strained and is in the fridge, and I have Dr. Bronner's liquid soap on hand.

And I'm very grateful that my current side project is something that usually involves sitting inside darkened, air-conditioned rooms.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:11 PM on July 1 [4 favorites]


It's so hot here (Michigan) that the squirrels are just draped over the tree limbs, not moving. I've never seen anything like it.
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 2:26 PM on July 1 [4 favorites]


Just this summer, I’ve discovered university/college libraries as wonderful oases of cool calm quietness and WiFi. Electric plugins galore to keep devices charged. City libraries can get really busy, but uni libraries in the summer are relatively unpopulated and terrifically pleasant and cool places to hang for awhile. I’m not gonna mention my current favorite one here but it’s lovely with walls of windows overlooking green spaces. Reasonably priced cafeteria nearby. Highly recommended.
posted by marsha56 at 10:14 PM on July 1 [2 favorites]


At this point am I just being self-defeatingly stubborn by not installing a window a/c unit?
Quite possibly. Last summer, my first at the Bee&Rose, I gutted it out with zero A/C until late June or so, occasionally taking refuge in the cellar to work when it got to be mid-90s on the second floor and upper 80s on the first floor. We got one unit for downstairs last year, and a second smaller unit for upstairs just last week, and it makes it much easier to keep loving my new home. I think it's important to one's mental well-being and fortitude to be able to enjoy one's abode, to the extent that is possible. You can always get one and use it only when/where you need to and rely on passive cooling strategies/fans the rest of the time.
posted by drlith at 6:37 AM on July 2 [2 favorites]


I left the A/C on for the cats.
I am at work outside and sweating so much.
posted by sciencegeek at 7:50 AM on July 2 [2 favorites]


We're in the Cadore valley east of Cortina in northern Italy. Has been pretty warm, not so bad as Bologna. We went walking and could see storm clouds in the next valley from up on the mountain. Got home with clouds coming towards us, literally walked through door and the fat rain started to fall, followed by 1cm diameter hailstones. Impressive. The bad news is that Brazil have just scored again.
posted by biffa at 8:46 AM on July 2 [2 favorites]


Just this summer, I’ve discovered university/college libraries as wonderful oases of cool calm
lolsob my uni library feels like the surface of the sun.
posted by TwoStride at 9:25 AM on July 2 [2 favorites]


My lease says I have to have the landlord install a window a/c unit if I buy one. Trick is, it's too hot to spend a day cleaning the place to get it to landlord-visit level.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 9:54 AM on July 2 [3 favorites]


So I caved an installed the window a/c. It only took me three tries and almost dropping it out of the window twice, but it's pretty well duct-taped into the frame now! Er, knock on wood. Off to the box store to get some slightly more professional anchoring assistance. Hope the cat forgives me soon and enjoys the cool air.
posted by TwoStride at 11:53 AM on July 2 [2 favorites]


Just wanted to share a nice little moment in the heat. I'm riding the El line and the AC is out in one of the cars. There's a young guy who's made it his job to let everyone getting onto that car know that there's AC in the adjacent car. It's just a small moment of spontaneous kindness.
posted by biogeo at 9:42 AM on July 3 [3 favorites]


Last week I was in Okinawa (I left early to avoid the impending typhoon Prapiroon), and it was fairly miserable in terms of temperature and humidity.

Many of my colleagues there kept asking if the heat was easy for me to deal with, now that I live in Phoenix. Well, it isn’t, but turns out 35c/95f and high humidity is approximately equally miserable to 45c/113f and totally dry. Equally miserable but in completely different directions.

Speaking of there’s a part of me that wants to make fun of Boston or Michigan (both places I’ve lived in the past) for complaining about the heat, but I know that the most miserable place to be is one that doesn’t usually get this weather, whatever “this weather” means. If your house isn’t built with strong central a/c and if your city doesn’t have places to go where the temp is controlled, then that’s just as miserable as, well, if it got to freezing here in PHX. 50f when I lived in a room in Berkeley where there were literal cracks between the window and the wall was a lot more miserable than the polar vortex in Michigan (well except when our furnace died). And the high temps in places that aren’t built for it can mean not just “ugh” but actual risk. So take care up north, y’all, and be nice when we claim to be freezing our butts off when it isn’t even actually freezing out.

On the other hand, just like it’s freaky when your eyelashes freeze together due to cold, it is also freaky when the hot dry wind makes the surface of your eyeballs feel.. mildly scalded? I don’t think that happens below 40c. And masking tape stops working at some temps round there too, so all the labels on boxes in the garage are peeling off.
posted by nat at 3:23 AM on July 6 [1 favorite]


The weather's fever broke here in Brooklyn. It will rain periodically through the day, and the temperature for tonight is predicted to be in the 50s. Sunny and high 70s Saturday, sunny and low 80s Sunday.

Amen. This heat totally trashed the week off I took this week (I found myself not really wanting to do much of anything because it was so hot), but I'd have been even more miserable if I was at work, so there you go.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:17 AM on July 6 [2 favorites]


Not at all, this makes absolute sense. I grew up in a family that would put mint leaves, freshly squeezed lemon juice/let the slices and rinds float in the pitcher and then water. No sugar, just mint and lemon juice, ice and water, it's the most refreshing thing ever on a hot summer day.

Cold and sour drinks are great in hot weather! I'm almost never exposed to heat anymore (the Pacific coast just gets foggy), but vinegar drinks are also wonderful when it's too hot to eat. Er...and when the sun goes down and temperatures cool, if you haven't been getting your calories in during the day, you should obviously try to eat actual food.
posted by grandiloquiet at 2:20 PM on July 6


IT DIDN'T RAIN

THERE WAS NO THUNDERSTORM TODAY

IT DIDN'T RAIN

I WAS PROMISED RAIN AND IT DIDN'T RAIN

I AM VEXED

....Okay, it'll still be cooler tomorrow than it was today by far, and this weekend is going to be gorgeous, but I am still put out that it didn't RAIN
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 3:48 PM on July 6 [1 favorite]


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