Dangerous Temperature Reports – May Be The Norm For Others

Sometimes I just have to laugh when I see headlines like today’s weather report headline on UK’s The Telegraph web site.

UK weather: Killer heatwave feared as 93F temperatures loom this week

Grin The Telegraph needs a ‘good’ proof reader. The Telegraph said “The Met Office said that Sunday was the hottest day of the year at 82C, but that new highs were likely on Monday and Tuesday. I’m pretty sure it won’t reach 180F this week in the UK.

The list below is 30 year weather report averages for my area of Oklahoma. The place I choose to garden and live.

Days of 90 Degrees or Higher: 101
May averages 7 days over 91 and 0 days over 100
June averages 19 days over 91 and 3 days over 100
July averages 28 days over 91 and 11 of those days are over 100
August averages 27 days over 91 and 11 of those days are over 100
Days With Precipitation: 60
Thunderstorm Days: 50
Last Freeze in Spring: April 2
First Freeze in Autumn: November 6
Growing Season: 218 Days
Typically, there are about 4 events each year of hail exceeding one inch(25.4mm) in diameter
Average Monthly rain fall:
May 4 3/4 inches
June 2 1/4 inches
July 2 1/4 inches
August 2 1/2 inches

My Next 7 day forecast: T=98 – W=100 – T=102 – F=103 – S=98 and S=103

OK, OK, Please don’t tar and feather me.

I am well aware that UK gardeners do not normally have or even need air conditioners in their homes. But 90F is just not that hot. Use a bit of common sense.

Tips from the (US)CDC for Preventing Heat Related Illness
Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar, these actually cause you to lose more body fluid.
Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air conditioned place.
Electric fans provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
Wear lightweight, light colored, loose fitting clothing.
NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
Although any one at any time can suffer from heat related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
Infants and young children
People aged 65 or older
Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure

If you must be out in the heat:
Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour.
Try to rest often in shady areas.
Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.

Not from the USA. Please leave me comment about your home town and country.

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12 responses to “Dangerous Temperature Reports – May Be The Norm For Others

  1. Loved the post! I live in Alonsa Manitoba Canada and when the weather up here hits 80F we feel that is REALLY HOT. We Canadians all go mad and head for the nearest body of water and swim, boat fish whatever. We celebrate and revel in heat. We only get about 6 weeks a year of weather that like this. Invariably someone dies because we don’t know how to handle heat. usually its someone who got drunk and drove their boat or pick up like a maniac around and around and crashed it. However we also get people who die from heat stroke at 80F. The reason is that the body adapts to whatever temperature it is in and so if you are not accustomed to heat, even a mere 80F can kill if you are not careful. Since I retired I enjoy staying in Florida winters and miss the worst of the cold of our miserable winters. I laugh at the warnings about bring sensitive plants in and don’t leave your pets out and protect your plumbing because its going below freezing overnight. Up here at the 51st parallel we spend more time below freezing than above. I am often asked how cold it gets. Well it often gets down to -40 where I live in winter and that’s where the two systems of temperature measurement cross so -40F = -40C. Southerners ask us how do we survive in that. and they simply can’t imagine that kind of bone chilling cold. Well you dress for it, you plan for it, and otherwise you largely ignore it. Summer is for play up here and winter is for work. The place I was coldest for the longest in my life was northern California in January. It was only just below freezing but the poor people we stayed with had no proper furnace and their house was uninsulated. You just couldn’t get warm. It’s all what you are used to.

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    • You hit the mark on all counts.
      Your body gets acclimatized to your temperatures, be it cold or heat.
      You build, heat, air condition and insulate homes based on your ‘normal’ winter / summer temperatures and wind conditions.
      We have 4 months that commonly see 90 – 100+ F days and about 2 months of really cold, cold for us, weather. Grin so most of us don’t have truly winter wardrobes.
      happy warm summer gardening

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  2. The school my sons attend had very big problems dealing with the heat. The building they are in has no means of cooling other than opening the windows, which was no good because there was no breeze either. They ended up moving the kids outside to sit in the shade as it was cooler than being in the main building. The group of forty 5 year olds in 36C/97F heat didn’t go so well, a few got sunstroke and eventually all of the parents were called to collect the rest not long after.

    Ours is a recently tarmaced road, perfectly solid until it gets too hot and then it is sticky.

    It’s been 29C/84F at the highest today and everyone seems to have coped a lot better. Most of Britain has a temperate climate, so we aren’t equipped to cope with an excess of anything. A few inches of snow or increase in temperature has everything here grinding to a halt. We’re used to wet and gloomy though 🙂

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    • 😦 At 97F with UK’s humidly the (feel like) heat index was likely to be in the 104-105F range. This is a dangerous heat index requiring special attention to insure people, children remain inactive our of the direct sunshine as possible and drink large quantities of cool water.
      Be safe

      Happy gardening

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  3. Ha ha! 82 degrees C.!

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  4. Loved the post. And before air conditioners houses were designed better. My mother’s two story built in early 1900’s has perfect cross ventilation. When we remodeled our older home no one had the thought process right for cooling with outside air. As you say, common sense…

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    • Sad smile… when daughter / son-n-law built their new house we talked about where and how many windows to install for good ventilation…. Mmmm I must not have got through to them the reason for windows was good ventilation… they don’t have a window in the house that can be opened. What’s up with that?

      Happy gardening

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  5. OK don’t mock us!! It is hot for the UK and don’t forget we are not used to it, more used to rain here!!

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    • Grin… it’s not you… it’s the Panic, the OMG headlines that I’m making fun of.
      I’m sure the people of the UK know how and when to stay cool and not be outdoors doing stupid thing when the temps are higher than normal.

      happy gardening

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    • Totally agree with you! It does cause panic because it’s almost unheard of to have a summer so hot. We aren’t equipped to cope with it, my road was melting in the heat.

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      • I lived in Germany for 7 years and I knew no one with air conditioning. Heck with highs in the low mid 80 it’s wasn’t needed. Those not raised in warmer weather conditions often don’t have a clue of that they need / should do to deal with 90+ degree F temperatures.

        As for my tiny garden the weather man has us forecast to hit 100/101F (38C) degrees for the next 5 to 7 days.

        Grin I think UK uses a different asphalt formula than we use in the USA.

        Happy Gardening

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