We tend to complain about the heat here in the great valley. But it could be worse. We have a good amount of solar panels, and most homes and businesses are air conditioned. But this is not the case around the world. Take a look:
The mercury is expected to hit the mid- to late-40s in Spain and Portugal, and there could even be a new record-breaking top temperature of 48C.
The current highest temperatures were hit on 13 July 2017 in Montoro, Spain, when the mercury reached 47.3C (117F) and in Amareleja, Portugal, on 1 August 2003 when the temperature reached 47.4C (117F). The temperature surge is down to a mass of hot air moving from Africa, and has been referred to as the first heatwave in the region this year.
But the all-time highest record for continental Europe is 48C (118F) set in Athens, Greece, on 10 July 1977. However, climatologist Fatima Espírito Santo told the Observador that the increase is not a heatwave, because the spell of higher temperatures will only last three days, not five.
She added heatwaves will likely occur every two years because of the impact of climate change.
The warm weather has had an geological impact on Sweden, where the country’s tallest peak will change as the ice on top of it melts.
A glacier on Kebnekaise mountain is melting, meaning the 2,111m (6,925ft) peak will not be the tallest for much longer.
In Poland, high temperatures have forced power plants into emergency mode and in Germany there are fears of serious harm to crops as some wheat fields have been devastated by high temperatures.
In Italy, some parts of the country reached 38C (100F) with tourists staying close to fountains to keep cool.
Do you see why I go to Europe only in the Spring or Fall?
Having been to Spain and Portugal on numerous occasions, I can tell you that many places of business are NOT air conditioned. A large two bedroom apartment we rented in 2012 had only ceiling fans. Many places of business rely on the cool breezes of the Mediterranean. Nicer hotels and pensiones may not be air conditioned.
A dear friend just returned from a month over in Europe. She said she lost 5 pounds every day due to the heat!!!! Perhaps summers are best spent where it is cooler, or where AC is more prevalent. Even places like Seattle and Newport Beach have apartments and condos without AC.
But there is one rather redeeming feature to the hot weather on Spanish beaches. What might that be? Topless swimming and sunbathing by beautiful women, of course!!!!