Tuesday, July 6, 2010

It's like a heat waaaaaaaaave, burnin' in my heart!!

Okay, not exactly in my heart.  But darn near everywhere else!  This week we've been under a bona fide heat wave, which is three or more consecutive days with temperatures at 32 degrees or more (that's 89.6 degrees for my American friends).  Tomorrow is supposed to be the hottest day of the week, with the humidex factor making it feel like 44 degrees (111.2 degrees)!

Luckily I work in a nicely temperature-controlled office, and I haven't had to deal with the outside weather much during the day, but I really feel for all the people whose jobs have them working outside, and especially the homeless.  Toronto usually sets up cooling centers for days like this, but maybe not everyone can take advantage. It is really like walking into an oven.  I just hope that everyone can keep hydrated and cool as best as they can.

The best part about all this is that yesterday we already had a power transformer explode in the west end of the city.  I think about 250,000 people were without power.  With the days getting hotter as the week goes on and everyone turning their A/C to 11, I am hoping that this doesn't happen again.  This is why that big blackout in 2003 happened!  I suppose we're more prepared for that now, though.  They said on the news that yesterday's power outage could have been much worse if they weren't so quick to disconnect the transformer station from the main power grid.  We just have to be smart about our A/C use.

Okay, I lied.  The REAL best part about all this is the killer apocolyptic thunderstorm we're inevitably going to get when the humidity finally hits the breaking point.  I really love thunderstorms and am looking forward to it!

1 comment:

Dr. MVM said...

Now just imagine if you have had 4 straight weeks of that heat, no rain, and high humidity. If you can imagine that, then you'll understand what we're going through here in east TN.