Seattle breaks temp record as heat wave continues. That was the headline of the Seattle Times on Thursday.
The Bellevue Reporter headline read, Bellevue sizzles as temperatures hit 106.
This is Seattle. We like rain here, not temperatures that make us swoon. Stores have signs on their windows that state, "We are out of fans and air conditioners" because they have been asked that question endlessly for the past week. Why? Because we here in the Pacific Northwest don't have air conditioned homes. We never need that kind of cooling.
As a result of the weather we've had a few interesting things happening around here. Outside activities (unless water is involved) and road work has come to a halt. Microsoft lost power and sent their employees home. Boeing had a major roll out of their newest military plane, The Poseidon, where every industrial fan available was moved outside and trained on all the suits so they could remain . . . standing. We've had brush fires, house fires, medical emergencies for the young and old. And in my house, a trip to the vet for a kitty with a heart murmur that was breathing a bit too hard. He's okay, and I learned how to treat heat exhaustion in cats as a result.
Fortunately, and to the relief of the economy and the residents of the area, a large number of the bigger chains stores have air conditioning, as well as grocery stores, libraries, and movie theaters. In order to escape the heat, I have seen three movies this week! Might as well be entertained as you try to cool down. I'll share my summer blockbuster movie reviews with you all next Saturday. So stay tuned for that.
My question for those of you who live in the warmer climates . . . how do you do it? Please share your tricks and tips. What do you do to survive the summer when the temperatures climb to the 90s and 100s?