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We Are Having a Heat Wave - How Hot Is It Where You Are?

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0 posted 07-25-2004 02:13 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria


Well, living by the ocean and also on the side  mountain you would think I'd be cool - nope!

Vancouverites are not prepared for more than one day of heat in the high 80's, let alone high 90's and low 100's.  The average Joe doesn't own am air-conditioner, and everyone was running from store to store to buy any available fans left.  I slept the first night in the livingroom right in front of a rotating fan, and still it was too hot to sleep.  I finally gave in and a couple of my neighbours were going to a motal with air-conditioning, so I went and stayed there with my cat one night (heaven!)  

Now, it at least 19 tonight so that might work out okay to sleep in?  Tomorrow is the 2nd day of Caribbean Days (a big Festival down by the ocean,)and I will be out in this heat all darn day again.  All I can say is I better lose weight over this LOL.  Water classifies as weight in my books

So what tricks do you know to deal with high heat when you don't own an air-conditioner?  How hot is it where you are?

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1 posted 07-25-2004 02:21 AM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Sharon, here in Houston, OMG, it gets pretty darn hot for about 5 months of the year.  We deal with it with A/C.  And, I guess doing outdoor work in the early morning and at night.  Other than that; drink lots of water and don't wear dark colored clothing.  Best of luck!   ....jo
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2 posted 07-25-2004 02:26 AM       View Profile for GG   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for GG

Ugh, I agree, it's TOO hot. I live a bit below you, in the southwest of Washington (the state). It was about 100 degrees outside today... and I'm the type who boils at 75! And nope, no AC here either. I never really found anything great to help with the heat, but here are the three best tricks I have:

1)Take blocks of ice and put them in front of your fans. As the ice melts the fans will blow the cooler air through the room.

2)Get a sprinkler and put it on your roof. Since the water is cool, it'll soak up some of that heat from the roof. Also, when the sun shines onto it, the water reflects it.

3)when you're trying to sleep at night put some ice cubes in a ziplock bag, and then put that ziplock in another (to prevent leaks) and put the bag in your pillow case on top of the pillow. Your ear may get cold, but trust me, it helps!

Hope you can beat the heat... hope I can too!

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3 posted 07-25-2004 02:31 AM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

oh, it was wickedly hot here too!
about 105-110F yesterday and today, finallly dropped down tonight to ?? not sure, but something bearable anyway

I had to put an ice pack on my head last night, and slept au naturel
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4 posted 07-25-2004 02:41 AM       View Profile for muted   Email muted   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for muted

well i live in Perth Western Australia and we are in the middle of winter here. Id say its in the 70's most the winter but to us thats chilly! LOL

But in summer its hot hot hot! up to 110 degrees and i spent 7 years without an airconditioner. you learn to bring water with you everywhere you go..never leave home without some water to drink! Also when your at home, you wet a cloth and lay it on your neck or chest and if possible sit in front of a fan. we also open the windows about 5 or 6am to let the cooler night air in..then close all the windows and blinds before 8am. LOL...they even give us tips on tv here for how to keep cool and preserve electricity and water (we have water restricitions due to drought). So you can see, we have become very adept at dealing with the heat.

all places children go, such as daycare and school and such they have a "no hat no play" policy. Kids are REQUIRED to wear head gear that fully covers their heads and has a bill on front to protect them from the sun. And yes, sunscreen all the time..in our lotions and lipbalms...always always..even if you are out for 15 minutes...(ozone hole is over us) ...... so....when you get your hot days up there, just think about us way down at the bottom

High temperatures and extremely high UV index for most months of the year....geesh... maybe i should come to canada for a winter or two LOL
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5 posted 07-25-2004 07:47 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

We've had a decidedly cool summer - much cooler than normal - during harvest it was even cooler by about 10 degrees under normal - after harvest though, the regular temperature was around 102 - 105 - WITH humidity...and then Thursday it all turned around [again] and we had luscious 70 degree weather, with RAIN.  You folks don't know how much we needed rain, and it's been good this year.  

But we do know heat, so I'm sympathizing with everyone that knows what 105 in the shade feels like...especially when dealing with humidity, too...

I think this is where we ask KIT for a sweatin' soggy smilie!
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6 posted 07-25-2004 10:45 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Cape Cod reporting in... This is the second day of temperatures in the high 60's and low 70's.  It feels a bit like mountain air here, I'd have to say.  It's downright COOL for this time of year... Go figure...
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West Virginia is below normal also... it's rarely hit the mid 90's this year.. thats crazy for us. Of course, our hottest days come in August, so we still have time to hit the 100's.

I don't like the heat, but West Virginia feels all of the seasons keenly, so I know how to deal with it. I've always been blessed with AC'ed dwellings, but when I did outdoor theatre in the summers of my youth (hehe), good old fashoned *shade* helped a lot. I would find some trees and just sit under them.. it really helped, actually. I also liked to suck on ice.. stay hydrated! Cool yourself from the inside out.

Also, believe it or not, the more clothes I wore, the better off I was (well, to an extent). I never wear shorts, and even when I wore thin long sleeved things (those stage costumes, esc..), I felt cooler than when I was in a T-shirt.

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8 posted 07-25-2004 01:17 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Well, it ain't too bad right now, only 115 F in the shade. Heat index has been a smidge over 120 this past week though. And monsoon season is starting (which means 3 consecutive days with a dewpoint 55 F or higher), so the humidity is up from the normal 5-9% to a whopping 33%. And it's not even August yet...

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9 posted 07-25-2004 01:28 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Off to buy ice today, bags of it and thanks for the tips. GG will put some in a big bag for that pillow.  Muted thank you for all the tips.  70 in winter! that is my ideal summer.  Well low to mid 70's is just ideal.

Nan - Doesn't that figure?  I leave and it gets normal there!  I brought your horrible sticky hot, and humid weather back here with me I think.  

When you are not used to this it can sure make you ill.  I wish I had a picture to show you that even my cat is not moving.  She has her own little rosy uni-directional fan that is facing down toward her sleeping spot.  There she stays until I say, "Want your supper?" Gee, come to think of it, having her around is just like being married        

Stay cool everyone!  Don't forget the sunscreen and hat.

Ali! I hope you take a book and sit in a mall?  I kid you not I would melt in that!  Our dewpoint is only 14% - shows you the average tolerance for heat around here?  

Hey, I'll show you my webcam of Vancouver, you show me yours?  A virtual triptic so to speak.  Here is ours. http://www.katkam.ca/ Okay off to Caribbean Days, in the heat!
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10 posted 07-25-2004 02:11 PM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

you can take your top sheet, fold it, put it in the freezer, then just before you go to bed take it out and put it on your bed....ahha nice and cool. and definately the ice in front of the fan helps a lot. Also you can put wet wash clothes in the freezer, in a baggie, then put them on you when you get hot. I would make up several so they are ready to go, and then just rotate them, when one isn't cold anymore, rewet it, put it back in then grab another!
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11 posted 07-25-2004 02:24 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

Surprisingly Toronto gets it bad, disgusting humid heat at 36C, that's mid to high 90F but it's nice n comfortable today.
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12 posted 07-25-2004 03:04 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Sea great tip, did it thanks.

Raph, I have been there on many occasions and not only does the heat get you in Toronto, because of the lack of air, let's talk about the size of the mosquitos there.  I am from Winnipeg, (key word being the "from",) where the mosquitos are used to fly extra passengers on various runs that they short seats     

Vancouver, is pretty much bug free thank goodness.  We don't have those nasty little black flying critters you can barely see, that can take a chunk out of you the size of Detroit!
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The scary thing? Mosquitoes up north get even bigger lol I went camping in Mara, and saw the size of the mosquitoes, then i saw the size of the spiders and freaked out. Theyre the size of toonies, not counting the legs
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14 posted 07-26-2004 06:35 AM       View Profile for muted   Email muted   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for muted

oh Alicat!! my housemate spent a summer in arizona....said it was mighty mighty hot there! LOL...but i suppose to some extent you get used to it (like us)

Raph, that 36C with humidity..that happens here every now and again (the humidity part that is)..oh my...its sickening...absolutely putrid..

so glad i have now just moved into a house with airconditioning! woo hoo!
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Reporting in from California...hot!  I live in the San Gabriel Valley where everything comes and stays...like heat and smog.  We have been humid too..not used to the way that feels.

I'm lucky to have a pool...and have been known to go in and out of it through out a hot night, and sleep in between.  I also have on window AC in bedroom...don't usually turn it on, but have recently.  Another suggestion is to get one of those kid pools and keep it full of water.  When ever you are too hot, just get in and cool off.  It's even more fun if you have kids to get in it with you.  Sprinklers are good for getting wet also!  Good luck!
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