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Why 80-Degree Temperatures Kill in the U.K.


Health & Wellness  (tags: heatwave, UK, air conditioning, health, protection, safety, risks, illness, warning, environment )

Carrie
- 524 days ago - theweek.com
The U.K. is enduring a serious heat wave that has resulted in an estimated 540 to 760 deaths over nine days. Yet the highest the temperature has risen is 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Most of the time, temperatures have hovered in the high 80's.



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Helen Porter (40)
Friday July 19, 2013, 7:15 pm
only 8o?

I'm in Phoenix AZ

That's cool,

But if I was in the U.K. I'll bet I'd be singing a different tune!
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Friday July 19, 2013, 8:19 pm
Yikes, I hope they take better precautions for the duration of this heat wave. And they should probably start to get used to it with climate-change in effect. Thanks Carrie.
 

Jason S. (57)
Friday July 19, 2013, 8:21 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Friday July 19, 2013, 8:33 pm
They don't have air conditioning, they don't have appropriate clothes for it, when they try to dress appropriately they get sunburned which makes it worse, and apparently they are not the world's greatest swimmers. And, yes, i'll guarantee the heat feels more so when you are not used to it. Oh, and they are probably having trouble sleeping on account of it, and that is very debilitating. Been there, done that (was much younger then).
 

Ken Y. (3)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 1:21 am
feeling great in the UK at the moment because heat and sun bring peace
 

Veselin Varbanov (23)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 1:41 am
Drink more water and dip yourself in the ocean ,you're surrounded by the "stuff" :) .
 

Iona Kentwell (134)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 2:01 am
London has an average temperature in July of 22 Celsius? No wonder they are in shock! It's a wonder they ever come to Australia, with our days on end well over 30 C. We know how to handle that kind of temperature, in fact we love it. But if you aren't prepared it truly can be deadly.
Throw me into a Winter below freezing and I would be in deep trouble.
 

Fi T. (16)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 3:57 am
Reduce pollution for our future
 

Pat A. (116)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 5:26 am
Having lived in rather chilly and damp North Wales for the last twenty years or so, this temperature is a bit of a shock - a place a few miles away reached 30.5 degrees C yesterday (Porthmadog) - and seeing that our summer temperatures are about 5 - 10 degrees cooler than London normally - their summer temps lately would have averaged probably around 16 degrees - they must have been flattened. One thing is that it is damp heat - my front door is swollen nearly shut despite a dehumidifier running all day, so that is exhausting - if you don't have to work or keep plants alive it is lovely - but plants are starting to wilt - and as for those who have to deliver parcels or groceries in this damp heat - they are heroes!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 5:52 am
This is when you miss ice cold beer.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 8:11 am
Thanks
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 8:36 am
Thank you for the surprising news;it's truly sad. It seems as though they would have public service announcements to educate the public.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 9:32 am
England does not do heat well as temps. like these are just incredible. When I lived there in the 80's, in August, we needed a light jacket in the evenings. Buckingham Palace does not have a/cs in their windows!
 

Carrie B. (318)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 10:01 am
Stay cool Pat.
 

Lynn Squance (219)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 1:47 pm
It has been 35 C here several days and it makes the day perfectly miserable. Sitting at my desk, it was 40 C (104 F) and definitely not pleasant.

My advice to the UK --- drink at least 10 - 8 ounce glasses of water (10 - 250 ml glasses of water) because it helps keep you hydrated. Forget the coffee --- it's a diuretic and won't help. Stay in the shade and get the fans going. I don't have an air conditiner but I have several fans which run 24/7.
 

Angela T. (11)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 5:46 pm
Well I am here and I think it's lovely. Just need to use common sense. The only problem is that idiots are starting fires outdoors, for the entertainment value of seeing nature burn.
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 7:56 pm
As few people have air conditioning. Couldn't the UK have cooling stations set up for these extra hot days? Also we have large Malls with lots of stores with a/c, do they not have that within their stores for people to go sit in to lower their body temperature?
 

Patricia GG (103)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 8:55 pm
Myself like Zee.....only 80 degrees.....I love it when its in the 90's I freeze in temps below 80...hahaha
 

Carrie B. (318)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 9:34 pm
I think this is so unusual that the UK was not prepared.
 

Shanti S. (0)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 1:39 pm
Thank you.
 

Patricia H. (454)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 8:23 pm
noted
 

Amy Fisher (11)
Monday July 22, 2013, 7:05 pm
UK residents wouldn't last long in Los Angeles. We routinely get triple degrees Fahrenheit during the summer here. If they did come here, they'd just stay indoors all the time, as we have air conditioning everywhere.
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 7:53 pm
Agree that there should have been help in how to handle that kind of heat. The humidity always makes it feel warmer than it is, plus you have a harder time breathing. Also agree that their stores should have had air going.
So sad that so many died pretty much unnecessarily. Hope they learn from this and are more prepared for that kind of heat. Noted and thank you for the interesting news.
 

Kitty Cather (6)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 11:44 pm
sad
 
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