I use the term loosely as the thermometer is yet to top 40C. I did actually see 32C on my car display yesterday, but that was after it had been parked in full sun for two hours.
Anyway, sunshine notwithstanding, I have been flabbergasted by the new moaning trend by the greater British public (native or otherwise) after so many months of grey, frozen and downright miserable coldness:
- it's too hot
- I can't sleep
- why is there no air-conditioning on the tube/on the bus/in your house/flat/caravan
- my feet/hands/face/head/eyeballs are swollen
- I have no energy/stamina/ability to walk anywhere any more
- I keep on having to drink water/beer/pimms to hydrate myself
- there's too much sun
- there's not enough shade
- the local pool/park is too crowded/not cool enough/too small
- I cannot find anything comfortable to wear
- I have to put sunscreen on/wear a hat/don sunglasses all the time
- the roads are melting/rails are buckling/rivers drying up
- they'll announce a hose pipe ban anytime now
- blah blah blah blah...
Good grief people! GET A GRIP!
Given the volume of hysteria this current weather phenomena has caused, I thought I would let the entire whinging contingent in on a little secret (or three) about the status quo:
- it's called summer - you call read all about it here
- one upon a time, it happened every year without fail (i.e. in the 1970s and 80s when I was growing up)
- it is entirely normal
Oh, and 'heat wave'? Seriously? This is a walk in the park, trust me. Try a real version for starters:
And now get your arses in to the garden and enjoy a glass of wine al fresco.
Chill, people. Do everyone a favour.