I happen to live in the UK, a place where discussion of the weather is part of the national lexicon because it's usually dismal. Think rain, sleet, cold, cloud, all framed by a colourless, gray sky and you got it. Although it has warmed up the last 15 years or so, our summer can still span just a matter of days or weeks, rarely if ever months. However, this summer we are experiencing a heatwave, which yesterday saw temperatures up to 37° degrees with temperatures predicted up to 27° degrees for two weeks. Oh, yes, and humidity of up to 54%! That's the real killer, the humidity!
You would think this good news, that a country with a usual two day summer would revel in the heat and indeed some people do but I reckon most do not. You see we are really poor when it comes to coping with extremes of temperatures. Example, National Rail, trains fail to run in the fall because of wet leaves on the line, because of snow in winter (when we get it) and in extreme heat the track buckles? What does that even mean? That commuters are stranded on a regular basis because of the weather. During winter, offices are too cold, the open window becomes a battleground, in summer, offices are devoid of air conditioning with fights over desktop fans, maybe that was just the office I worked in? Coffee shops full of "Sweaty Bettys" queuing for bottles of water and scalding hot drinks, thank goodness that most banks, department stores and clothes shops are air conditioned!
Ahh, but let's see what this means for people with scleroderma and Raynaud's as we're also poor at coping with extremes in temperature. My Raynaud's is mild, incited more by stress than cold, but I know that air conditioning plays havoc with Raynaud's and it's on full blast in many places. What a contrast that ice cold inside now is to the hot outside, a recipe for a Raynaud's attack if there ever was one. I also know that most of us struggle with the cold, but not me! Oh, no I have to be one of the exceptions to the rule! Since becoming ill I have been a "hottie", wearing maxi dresses in the winter and now, on top of being a "hottie" I must factor in my age and the hormones it brings (or is it takes away?) and I am having a total and complete sweat fest. One country's heatwave is this woman's hot mess.
Yesterday, the hottest day of the year thus far, I was supposed to go out with friends for a meal, to celebrate my earlier birthday, and instead cancelled. I could not function, sweating profusely and feeling exhausted, I spent the entire day asleep (with the fan on) because I couldn't actually keep awake. Today I rearranged a hospital appointment because of the heat, the clinic is in a portacabin, an airless, suffocating portacabin, so I slept all day again instead. Tomorrow is supposed to be hot as well and so forth and so on so wake me up when this heatwave is over and it's cool again! Oh, for that colourless, gray sky!