Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Oh Yes, It's HOT!!

Today, we can call Toronto the Phoenix, Arizona of the North. That's right, at the moment, when you factor in our humidity index, it's as hot here as it is in Phoenix. Who would have guessed? Of course, they have a dry desert heat and we have that thick, soupy heat that makes you feel like the proverbial egg cooking in a frying pan, especially if you're walking across a parking lot and feeling the waves of heat rising up off the asphalt to make sure you're well and truly toasted top and bottom.

(photo courtesy of bookgrl on Flickr)

They said on the news today that it's as warm here as it is in Kandahar, Afganistan. As Kyle Cassidy pointed out on Facebook today, can you imagine running around in this weather with a full army kit on your back? Heaven knows, the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces certainly do sacrifice a lot for their country and suffering through weather like this while doing the job they do makes them even more admirable.

It's rather disappointing to hear that according to the local forecasters, we're not likely to break the all-time record for the hottest day ever, which was set back on July 8, 1936 when the temperature hit 40.6C (that's 105F) without a humidex factor.

Now, I'm not complaining. I spend most of my weekdays indoors, enjoying the comfort of an air-conditioned home, office and car. About the only time I do spend outside most days is walking across the aforementioned parking lot. However, after several days in a row of this hot weather, even those of us who like the heat start to wilt just a little bit.

Of course, if you really want to escape the heat, you can book yourself a flight to Rankin Inlet, Nunavet - it's only 4C there today!! Brrr. When I hear that, I definitely say to myself, nope, I'm not complaining about the heat, bring it on!

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