What a long , hot night it has been(and I am not talking about fun nocturnal recreational activities either) LOL. The temperature did not drop below 32C all night and there was a hot northerly wind, so opening the doors and windows made it even worse.Due to the noise regulations(we have a regulation for everything in this country), air conditioners are meant to be switched off no later than 22:00 but as D pays scant regard to any official directives , they remained on until 12:30. I ensured he was asleep before I turned them off ! He slept quite well as he has a ceiling fan in his room which at least, circulates some air.
As I could not sleep, I got up and did some writing on the PC, read, made toast at some weird hour and tried to placate Chevy( my cat) who would not settle. It was a relief when the night ended and I could allow Chev outside!
Fortunately, there has not been any power outages here as there has been in many parts of the city. Some areas have not had power for more than 15 hours! The rail system is barely coping , with tracks buckling in the heat causing the cancellation of many services and commuters to become irate.The Government is urging people to work from home, which is all very well and good if you can but for the majority of people this is impossible. The chickens are coming home to roost as far as this government goes and they are paying the price for several years of failing to maintain the rail and power services!
Days like this are extremely dangerous for the elderly, young children and animals(who are often locked outdoors in the elements all day). I remember when my daughter was born, we experienced several days of temperatures in excess of 40C and the only air-conditioning available to us at that time was in the car, so we used to spend hours driving around, keeping Prue cool and comfortable. The situation was so bad that we depleted our bank balance on installing air conditioning for our flat, so she would settle and commence drinking again.It was either that or risk her dehydrating, so the choice was obvious.
Later today, I will endeavour to catch up on some sleep because it is going to be another hot night , tonight.
Thanks for the many emails I have received since the week end. I will finish replying today 🙂