While the heat may have lessened for a few days, forecasters inform us that it will be back with a vengeance soon. But not to worry. I have perfected an app that will keep you cool wherever you may be. Just download and voila! portable cool.
Next on my list is a razor app!
Last weekend we in Quebec celebrated Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day or la Fête nationale du Québec. This coming weekend is Canada Day on Sunday then the city will be swamped with US tourists for July 4th.
This concentration of holidays marks the true arrival of Summer. Mind you the weather does not always cooperate. But it appears this year will be different. Environment Canada is calling for record-breaking temperatures in eastern Canada.
As the above weather statement indicates temperatures could hit 35ºC or about 95ºF. When the humidity is taken into consideration the effect could feel like 40ºC or 104ºF. Another source has forecast a possible Humidex of 47ºC or a sweltering 116ºF!!
Global warming, climate change, call it what you want. I prefer to think of it as a plot to increase beer consumption.
As I age, I was going to say as I mature, but those two words are not interchangeable, I find myself more and more affected by the heat. When I was a kid I could be out in the sun for hours (as we now know that was foolish) without so much as a whimper of complaint. Now I can’t wait to get me some air conditioning.
I think my 56 Canadian winters have thickened my blood; not enough to allow for absolute comfort during extreme cold weather, but just enough to cause me to curse extreme heat. We have a mixed bag of summer conditions in Montreal, ranging from last weekend’s miserable fall-like wetness to the current scorching heat that arrived yesterday. A few days of bright sun and high humidity will have me mopping my brow constantly.
35 to 40 Celsius is 95 to 105 Fahrenheit!
I am now fortunate to be able to work from home in whatever garb I so choose. But for many years I was employed at a ‘suit and tie’ establishment. No golf shirts and khakis, but full business suits if you please. I was lucky enough to have a teacher for a partner who, being off in the summer, could drive me to work and crank up the car’s a/c before I got in. But there were several instances when I tried to walk the fifteen or so blocks in my suit. These usually ended with me a wet mass of failure sitting in the back of an air conditioned taxi.
But as they say about the weather, everyone talks about it, but no one does anything about it. Mother Nature rules with a heavy hand at times, so break out the shorts and t-shirts, iced tea and beer, and bring it on!
I have found a possible solution to the heat problem. Baseball players for years lined their caps with frozen cabbage leaves to keep cool. I have gone one further and put a watermelon in my Tilley hat. Only one problem …..
From a few months ago, here’s my heat wave potion!
Montrealers are gearing-up for the first serious heat wave of the summer. Over the next few days temperatures will hit the upper thirties Celsius and the humidity will kick-in to make it feel like 40°C or about 105°F. Cicadas will be singing, swimming pools will be packed, malls will provide an air conditioned oasis for those who lack it at home, and the pace of life will slow down. A list of requirements includes both sunblock and an umbrella for those pop-op storms, a good shade-providing tree, a lawn chair, several books and magazines, perhaps even a jazz festival … and I know there’s something else, but I just can’t think of it …
Heat wave necessity