Europe is burning right now.
“Hell is coming,” a Spanish meteorologist said this past Monday.
And it did. Highest-ever temperature records are breaking across western Europe right now, including in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. And they’re expected to continue in the upcoming days. In Spain, the hottest locations will top out at 42-43 C (108-110 F) each day through Sunday.
Just looking at this makes me want to anxiously clutch my ice-cold La Croix.
It’s so hot that paved roads in Central France are melting and disintegrating.
In Germany — where they’re enforcing a speed limit on stretches of the slick, deteriorating autobahn — a man was caught driving his moped naked. Lol.
Bicycles in Berlin are melting.
So many people are flocking to public pools that the cops are being called.
This is how people are chilling at home.
Note that Europe depends way less on A/C than its US neighbors.
Forget the Eiffel tower, it’s all about the pool in front of it.
The Eiffel Tower be like, “Thx for the crop job, global warming.”
In France, they’re preparing “cool rooms” in city halls.
“My cool room is my office,” every office worker in the US is probably thinking.
And BTW, for those of you reading this from the US, just remember that A/C is not a thing in most European households.
For those of you rolling your eyes, thinking this is completely normal for wherever you live, remember that Europeans are not used to this type of weather (in France, the average summer temperature hovers around 21-25°C, while temperatures are climbing above 40°C right now), many of the homes in Europe don’t come with A/C nor are they designed to keep them cool, and let me repeat, they do not COME WITH WITH A/C!
For Europeans, this is starting to become the new normal, and yep, it’s definitely because of greenhouse gas emissions.
If you’re reading this from abroad, remember that heat illness is a real thing and stay safe!
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