The English Go a Little Crazy After Record Temperatures in UK
The weather in Britain is so notoriously miserable most of the time that you have to feel the Brits deserve the heatwave they recently experienced. The last week of June this year saw UK temperatures soar to a reported 35 degrees Celsius (95F), the hottest in three years. It was also the hottest temperature in June for decades – the average for June is 19-22 degrees Celcius (66-72F).
Yet one of the things that’s bound to happen in a country which hardly ever sees a ‘proper’ summer, people start to go a bit loopy.
The first thing British people do when even the smallest amount of sun is spotted is get their kit off. With temperatures like this you can’t but avoid swarms of sunbathers trying to get a natural tan for once, jostling for space in the best suntanning spots. Pretty soon this means millions of red skinned, peeling folks and most likely a spike in skin cancer scares a few months down the line.
The Grass Is Always Greener
True to form, the British mentality can’t deal with simply being happy and counting there blessings for more than a few days. Sure enough we soon started hearing people grumbling about it being too hot, and wishing for some cooler weather or even some rain. And, inevitably, there were petitions to demand the government do something about the awful hot weather and lack of air conditioners in public places!
With one section of the UK population is stripping down to their underwear, the rest rushes down to the high street and sucks up the entire stock of desk fans like some sweaty, many-headed monster. According to Google, searches for the term “portable air conditioner” in the UK went from 9,900 in May to 49,500 in June!
Is That a Storm Cloud on the Horizon?
Sadly the tropical heatwave didn’t last and since this scorching seven days the country has been hit by equally severe rain and thunder storms.Climate change campaigners are saying this is exactly the kind of effects they have been warning about for so long. Predictably, everyone is now moaning and complaining about the wind and rain, and wishing the heatwave would come back. You just can’t win.
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