Phew, what a scorcher.
The summer of 1976 was the last time it was this hot in the United Kingdom.
My lasting memory of that summer was not lazing on a beach, but sweltering as a relief manager in an “off-licence,” which is a liquor store. I probably sold lots of beer, but what I really remember is stacking crates and crates of R. Whites Lemonade. They were heavy wooden crates, too. Supermarkets hadn’t taken over the trade in those days, and we used to be amazingly ecological. The bottles were all glass and returnable.
Like Sisyphus, lemonade became my boulder. (In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was a king who was punished by having to push a boulder up a hill every day, only for it to roll back down again at night.) The greatest summer the U.K. ever had was, for me, an endless chain of lemonade bottles.
This summer, with MS, I’ve been driven out of my first-floor bedroom. Since my recent relapse, I’ve been mostly trapped in it. With a severe effort (and often help) I can still just about make it up and down the basement stairs. It’s so exhausting that I only do this occasionally. But in the last few weeks, I’ve had little choice but to do it daily. A fan just doesn’t cut it.
We’re getting the sort of weather that holidays are made of. It’s mid-70s Fahrenheit this week, which is a relief. Usually, that’s the best we ever get.
Whether or not you believe climate change is happening, heat is driving me to the cooler downstairs of my house.
The weather reports are forecasting more highs this weekend, and the heat wave should set until August.
Something is up — I didn’t see one rain delay at the recent Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
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