Brits battle to beat the heat

Before global warming summer in the UK was a short affair. You barely had time to dust off the barbecue and blow up the paddling pool before the few days of sun turned back into rain. 

British summertime was an oxymoron and the two words were rarely seen together. 

This century, thanks to climate change, Europe and the UK have seen their summers heat up every year.

Record temperatures are currently being recorded across the continent and the Brits are having to adapt to the new summer norm.

The trouble is the country that brought us hot tea and warm beer is struggling to cope.


Going underground 


London has a underground train network that is among the best in the world, except in the summer, when it is like travelling in a sauna, only you aren't naked but fully clothed. The morning rush hour isn't so bad, but after a day of sweltering temperatures, the tube lines are currently reaching 31degreesC.

On top of that, a day in the office means passengers are often not smelling too fresh and you have blasts of hot body odour oozing down the narrow trains. It is a hellish end to the day. 


Station to station 


It is not just on the tubes, other rail passengers are suffering. The heat is causing disruption on the overground lines and causing train cancellations.

Millions of people use London's public transport every day and it relies on the steady transfer of passengers from station to train.

Cut off the trains and it is chaos on the platform. Throw in the heat and you are sweating like a pig before your journey begins. 

On the beach


Climate change may be bad for the planet, but it has done wonders for Britain's seaside towns. Once home to arcades, shops selling kiss-me-quick hats and deckchair attendants the UK's beaches are now the places to spend the summer.

The only catch is you won't be the only one rolling up your trousers and putting a hanky on your head. They are packed during the heatwave and offer little respite from the sun.  


Something to talk about 


There is nothing Brits like to do more than talk about the weather. It is a national pastime. In the winter it is too cold, or too wet or too dark. Then summer comes along and everyone ditches their scarves and hats in joy until suddenly its too hot.

"Lovely day," you will say to someone in the street and they will reply, "Yes but it's too hot." You can't please the Brits. This heatwave will provide plenty of conversation fodder down the local over a jar of warm ale. 



Cruel summer


Brits, much like their Kiwi cousins, are creative when it comes to making the most out of what they have.  

Swimming pools are a bit of a financial burden in a country that has a relatively short window for using them.

Never mind those plucky Brits are well used to making do with what they have, including skips and other pool-shaped things.

Air conditioning is another luxury not many houses have, but do you really need it when you can sit in the fridge? 


Blue Christmas 


The effects of this heatwave could be felt across Europe or months. The Guardian reported the scorching temperatures in France could lead to a turkey shortage. In the UK the heat is predicted to affect crops of broccoli, sprouts and salad vegetables. Potato crops could also be hit meaning chips, which along with fish is a staple of the British diet, could be hard to find. 


Brits battle to beat the heat
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