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I’m quite grateful for the constant rain

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Whitewavemark2 Mon 28-Jun-21 07:54:00

Just spoke to my dearest and childhood friend in who lives near Vancouver.

47c at the moment and worse tomorrow with it only dropping to the mid thirties for the foreseeable future.

Utterly impossible and as it is usually temperate the houses don’t have air conditioning.

I’ve only experienced those sort of temperatures once in Sicily 47-50c and it is quite dreadful to live with.

Rain here all day

Grandma70s Mon 28-Jun-21 07:58:36

I am grateful for every cool day. Can’t even imagine those temperatures.

Lin52 Mon 28-Jun-21 08:10:23

I too love the rain, the awful flooding apart, it’s gives us our beautiful countryside.

Whitewavemark2 Mon 28-Jun-21 08:18:20

Unfortunately Vancouver has more or less the same weather as here, so this is a total shock.

sodapop Mon 28-Jun-21 08:26:08

That's scary Whitewave I couldn't tolerate those temperatures.

BlueBelle Mon 28-Jun-21 08:26:43

Well I love a bit of heat and can’t believe the people that moan about the one week or sometimes one day warmth we have in the U.K. you have at least 10 months cold grey rain but still begrudge us a week of sunshine

Whitewavemark2 Mon 28-Jun-21 08:49:05

BlueBelle

Well I love a bit of heat and can’t believe the people that moan about the one week or sometimes one day warmth we have in the U.K. you have at least 10 months cold grey rain but still begrudge us a week of sunshine

Oh the heading really is tongue in cheek.

I adore the summer and sunshine, and the sort of summer we get here or when we go on holiday, but those sort of temperatures are killers - literally and far too dangerous to contemplate.

It is the sort of temperature that unless we get to grips - and we won’t- will drive people away from their country as it will be impossible to live with, grow crops, rear animals etc and the world will experience mass migration.

BlueSapphire Mon 28-Jun-21 09:05:02

Have never experienced such high temperatures, although I have had three spells of living in the tropics.

30° plus all year round in Northern Australia, but luckily we had air conditioning. Hot and dry April to October; hot and wet November to March (cyclone seasom).

Similar temperatures in Singapore all year round, but no aircon; it was very humid for most of the year with almost daily heavy downpours in the afternoons.

In Cyprus really hot and dry 30° plus May to October, and no aircon. DH's employer supplied us with fans for our houses. A pleasant winter season, a bit like our autumn/spring, with frequent rain. It was cool enough to need heating indoors in winter, and most people used portable gas fires.

I have always liked the heat, but even I have found the last few summers unbearably hot.

MaizieD Mon 28-Jun-21 09:09:05

I'm surprised no-one has yet mentioned climate change, global warming and the fear that the Earth may have reached the irreversible tipping point.

MawBe Mon 28-Jun-21 09:18:09

It’s the extremes -especially the unexpected- which cause the problems isn’t it?
In countries where temperatures are always high - although I admit 47 sounds unbearable- housing, living conditions and lifestyles are better geared to heat - siestas, AirCon, styles of building etc
(I could happily do without the heavy rain of the last couple of weeks until that - ——- man I rang keeps his promise to investigate my roof leak! )

Whitewavemark2 Mon 28-Jun-21 09:26:43

MaizieD

I'm surprised no-one has yet mentioned climate change, global warming and the fear that the Earth may have reached the irreversible tipping point.

I did😄

henetha Mon 28-Jun-21 09:32:34

Given the choice between rain and those high temperatures
I would choose rain every time.

M0nica Mon 28-Jun-21 09:41:14

You are warned. It always rains whenever any member of our family is having work done to their roof.

The hot weather of 1976 broke the day the roofers moved in, The year my PiL had a reroof, it snowed at Easter in mid-April. A year or two back DS's reroof coincided with several weeks of rain.

We are having roofing done at the moment. This morning I have been bailing out the kitchen, the temporary roof on the single storey kitchen is not entirely waterproof where it joins the main house.

Roofing work will not be complete until late July. Sorry.

MawBe Mon 28-Jun-21 09:46:44

Sympathies Monica flowers it sounds as if you are much worse off than me, so far I (only) have that awful smell of damp plaster in my bedroom and a growing stain on the ceiling of the bay window.
It is particularly annoying though as I had the room completely decorated pre-pandemic and foolishly thought “that will see me out” hmm
D3’s loft conversion starts this week - feeling for them too!

JenniferEccles Mon 28-Jun-21 09:48:00

I wouldn’t worry about climate change not immediately being mentioned on here.

It’s discussed incessantly everywhere else!

Kim19 Mon 28-Jun-21 09:49:26

I'm completely with BlueBelle on this.

Whitewavemark2 Mon 28-Jun-21 10:23:55

JenniferEccles

I wouldn’t worry about climate change not immediately being mentioned on here.

It’s discussed incessantly everywhere else!

That is because it is an existential and very appalling threat.

Mollygo Mon 28-Jun-21 10:29:08

I can sympathise with those enduring 47°. We spent one summer in Portugal with no air on, forest fires all around and it was only 40°. I thought that was unbearable

Callistemon Mon 28-Jun-21 10:43:14

30° plus all year round in Northern Australia, but luckily we had air conditioning. Hot and dry April to October; hot and wet November to March (cyclone seasom).
DD's FIL told me about times in NQ when it got to 50C because the winds were coming off the desert interior.
Hot and humid in summer is unbearable too, especially if you have work to do outside. Winter seems ok as it can get chilly at night.

Callistemon Mon 28-Jun-21 10:45:58

M0nica thank you, it will save me from having to water the new plants I put in yesterday!
We hadn't had much rain here until last night.

Daisymae Mon 28-Jun-21 11:01:50

I don't mind it so much, in fact the garden has never looked better. Except it would look at it's best with a little sun. We did sit outside on Saturday for a couple of hours though so I'm not moaning.