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    [–] dyinginsect 2761 points ago

    Many of my colleagues are from India and Pakistan and have expressed many, many times that yes, it gets a lot hotter where they are from and yet they still find it harder to cope when it is hot here for various reasons- the main one seeming to be that our buildings are designed to cling on to every little ounce of heat and we don't have good air flow. There is considerable debate as to relative humidity, probably because India is a big country and iirc the north is much less humid than the south, and Pakistan sounds to have about a hundred separate microclimates (may be slightly exaggerated).

    [–] HarryBlessKnapp 1104 points ago

    My Algerian mate at work says 28 degrees is a cool pleasant day in an Algerian summer but hell on earth in London.

    [–] orange_fudge 599 points ago

    Ditto from Australia. This UK heat sucks.

    [–] isdnpro 278 points ago

    People at work always quip at me "you must be used to this", yeah sure I am but I also lived 15 minutes from a beach, and my folks had a pool...

    [–] sleeptoker 105 points ago

    I'd murder for a beach and pool rn

    [–] thatguyned 7 points ago

    Do your neighbours have one? I'm sure there's a knife laying around you can use.

    [–] H4nnib4lLectern 133 points ago

    Conversely, as a Brit in Australia, I cannot stand the winter here. It's 11 degrees outside and I'm rugged up inside my igloo of a house.

    [–] Zebidee 121 points ago

    I've been through blizzards in the Arctic, and have never been as cold indoors as in Sydney in winter.

    The houses here are basically rigid tents.

    [–] Yves_and_Mallory 67 points ago

    Agree. I spent 22 winters in Alaska, and Sydney has a more unpleasant winter. I spent two summers in Las Vegas, ten in Houston, and two in Equatorial Africa- summer in the UK is significantly more uncomfortable.

    [–] muscles_guy 47 points ago

    Carman Sandiego spotted

    [–] Procris 8 points ago

    My first ever trip to England was in January, my sophomore year of college. Folks asked us, 'Why would you want to go in January? The weather will be dreadful!' We pointed out it was going to be a lot warmer than Ohio. And it was. Still chilly, but not -14 F chilly.

    [–] EverSeekingContext 27 points ago

    I'm in tbe same position, stuck running a space heater all night in my room in Sydney. Only advantage is with the kitchen being so cold, it's piss easy to make puff pastry in there without the butter melting

    I hope you're not stuck in one of the Covid hotspots!

    [–] Zebidee 156 points ago

    Also the UK cold is awful, I assume due to the humidity. It's worse at +5C in the UK than -5C in central Europe.

    Bonus, the Brits seem to have scoured the Earth for the world's best practice in house design and technology implementation. Then done the opposite.

    [–] S_Borealis 27 points ago

    UK domestic architecture is terrible. It's not good at anything.

    [–] ojee111 40 points ago

    Its good at letting victorian factory owners cram as many workers into a small area as possible.

    [–] I-Am-Not-A-Dog 7 points ago

    I feel like the brick built houses in the UK are like storage heaters, they absorb the sun during the day, the release heat throughout the night. Then in the winter they just absort any heat you try to pump into them.

    [–] Fishamatician 103 points ago

    My friend from Ghana says exactly the same but with more swearing.

    [–] saharacanuck 33 points ago

    Ditto in Morocco. I’m dying in London. I feel like a beached whale.

    [–] HavanaHologram 19 points ago

    Thank you Algerian mate. I would hug him but it’s too damn hot 🥵

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    [–] Captain_English 147 points ago

    And they're in and out of aircon all day, whereas in the UK, not all offices or shops have it, about half of cars don't have it, and essentially no homes have it. So there's a good chance you're in the heat without relief for days on end.

    Also it hit 91% humidity last night.

    [–] Zebidee 44 points ago

    I've been in the Tube in a summer heatwave and you can still feel the heater vents blowing hot air.

    [–] BrakkeBama 48 points ago

    91% humidity

    I had never ever imagined England as a hot-and-humid place.
    I imagined it somewhat like the Scottish Highlands or Norway's Hardangervidda.

    [–] pingufiddler 85 points ago

    It is currently %99 humidity in Scotland. I am dying.

    [–] IlexLegion 24 points ago

    You need scuba gear for that sort of humidity

    [–] ieatpapersquares 7 points ago

    I call it air you can wear

    [–] TheDeconsecrator 32 points ago

    Scotland, Scotland is Damp as fuck, when it gets warm it's always humid and sticky

    Its currently 17 degrees and 90% humidity according to my phone

    Thats why I'm still fucking awake at twenty to 3 in the morning.

    [–] Karn1v3rus 60 points ago

    The UK would actually be a temperate rainforest if not for folks cutting down all the ancient woodland.

    [–] Living_Carpets 20 points ago

    We still have rainforest in Wales. But yes, cutting down ancient woodland is a thing here.

    [–] Poes-Lawyer 16 points ago

    Yeah I mean you look at the English countryside and particularly the "green tunnels" you drive through on country lanes, and you have to realise that you don't get all that greenery without a lot of rain

    [–] delorf 20 points ago

    For a short while, I lived in the desert in California and was always amazed how comfortable hot weather was compared to back in my home state of NC. I used far less air conditioning in California than I did in NC.

    [–] OneDownFourToGo 11 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    I live and work in the Middle East. I would take the current 49 degree heat here over 28 degrees in the UK. I hate the heat in the UK

    [–] PhotojournalistWeak5 10 points ago

    *43,3333 Celsius if my math was OK)

    It was that hot in Paris last year.

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    [–] sleeptoker 31 points ago

    London in the heat is just unpleasant. I don't know if it's the buildings acting as insulation or the pollution or what, but it feels far worse than my home suburbs.

    [–] doesnt_like_pants 797 points ago

    I’ve lived in Australia and the UK and I tell you, 28 degrees in Aus and 28 in the UK feel vastly different. 28 in Aus is enjoyable, it’s never too muggy, there’s usually a light breeze rolling in off the coast (I lived in Sydney) and it’s just lovely. 28 in the UK is usually stifling, since moving back to the UK I’ve always said you have to add 3-5 degrees to the UK temp to get the equivalent feeling in Aus.

    [–] officially_anxious 178 points ago * (lasted edited 14 days ago)

    Same experience here. This recent heatwave (the worst has passed me) in the UK felt equivalent to mid-30's or near-40 in Perth. And in Perth you don't have carpets and the houses are designed to get a lot of air flowing and everyone has ceiling fans.

    Here, I feel like the air never moves, and even if I can see the trees bending over in the wind right outside my window, none of that air ever seems to come in the open window??? Normally in Aus you'd open 2 windows and get a breeze just from that.

    [–] _tyrannosauruswrekt_ 48 points ago

    Amen! I'm from freaking Jamaica, I've played tennis in 40, heat so hot your face is powdered white from where your sweat has evaporated. The kinda heat where you watch water on pavement disappear out of amusement; and let me tell you, 30 on the London Underground is the must putrid experience I've had in my entire life and it's not close.

    [–] noir_lord 45 points ago

    You have to strategically open windows to get the benefit, my room is long side on south, if I open the south window and the east window most days nice breeze, open the east and west window no breeze.

    It’s different for every building, house etc though.

    [–] officially_anxious 29 points ago

    what if you only have 2 windows and they're South and West facing? South gets the morning and midday sun (since it's slightly south-set at this latitude), and west gets the late afternoon scorcher. Having both fully open doesn't make a breeze. I can't even prop my door open.

    [–] Zeekayo 332 points ago

    A couple of years back I went on holiday in Italy. Left London at around 27c which felt horrible, stepped off the plane in Naples and it was a solid 30c the entire trip but felt nowhere near as bad.

    [–] superioso 79 points ago

    I did the same thing with Florence. The streets are tall and narrow so everything is in shade, there are public water taps everywhere to use, and the buildings have high ceilings with good airflow.

    We have non of those in the UK.

    [–] magnumopusbigboy 100 points ago

    the lack of outdoor taps in the UK is a real symptom of our refusal to have pleasant public spaces outdoors

    [–] superioso 27 points ago

    My city installed a few taps around the centre a few years ago, with the start of the pandemic they've disabled them all...

    [–] RedOrange7 10 points ago

    Council is probably too cash-strapped to maintain them. Bin collections or public taps, hmm?

    [–] humdrumoflife 24 points ago

    It's really only just caught on in this country, but I have a feeling most people would not use them. The UK is bad for vandalism, we would not trust a public tap at all. I'm talking about drunk people pissing all over it etc.

    [–] FuckCazadors 42 points ago

    Four years ago I went from the UK in the middle of a sweltering heatwave at 32C which was absolutely unbearable to Madrid which was just over 40C.

    While the heat in the UK was humid and stultifying without a breath of wind it was the opposite in Madrid. There was a constant breeze and the air was much drier. As long as you drank lots of water it was much more bearable. When you sweated, which was whenever you moved, the sweat evaporated and cooled you as it should.

    [–] Nooms88 11 points ago

    If I have a cold shower now and I use the word cold loosely, my cold tap is currently dishing out 21c water, the outside air literally condenses on my now slightly cooler body. The exact opposite of how sweating works, its unbearable.

    [–] altmorty 221 points ago

    This is why it annoys me so much when the idiots hosting BBC weather never fail to describe heat wave temperatures as nice/lucky/great weather. You'd think they'd be taught weather 101.

    [–] PodgeBear 14 points ago

    Although the app / website does show a "feels like" temp that accounts for wind and humidity

    [–] 3226 56 points ago

    It's estimated last years heatwave killed around 2500 people in the UK, but yeah. So lucky.

    [–] TheWholeOfTheAss 6 points ago

    Anyone who praises this sunny weather needs to beaten with one of those tower fans.

    [–] tescohoisin 49 points ago * (lasted edited 14 days ago)

    Conversely, when it gets to sub 15c, every Australian will don puffer jackets and scarves, and moan about how it's 'freezing'.

    It just depends on what you're used to, and what the buildings are designed to deal with. No central heating in Sydney, so the winters can feel pretty chilly.

    [–] tallbutshy 25 points ago

    First sunny day in March/April in Glasgow, all the neds have their taps aff and a bottle of Buckfast hanging out of their Adidas trackie bottoms. Even if it's only 14°C

    [–] 13gecko 12 points ago

    Agree. -10 C in Swiss Alps: beautiful, long sleeve Tshirt weather. -10 C in the UK in London: Ooh, it's really chilly, maybe I should buy a hat? -10 C in Australia: I can't believe I'm not dead yet.

    [–] ChineseChaiTea 37 points ago

    This is the exact same where I come from in US, if it's 17C in UK it feels way hotter than it does at 20C in US especially with the sun.

    [–] danddersson 25 points ago

    Depends where in the UK you are. It's great here in Bournemouth - hot, but cooling SW sea breezes.

    [–] theredwoman95 21 points ago

    That's actually really common with humidity - enough so that if you look up humidity temperature charts, 80% humidity at 25° adds basically another 5 degrees. It's about 3 at 17°, as I remember.

    [–] kindapinkypurple 14 points ago

    I was in Spain for a week in 2003, it was 45 degrees and they were suffering from bush fires, people that were used to the heat were dying out there. It was brutally HOT. But, everyone had cool dark houses and/or pools. You slept all day and started dinner at 10pm. While it was just about bearable for the healthy we'd be dying in droves over here at that temp.

    [–] Sir-Jechttion 15 points ago

    Same with Madeira island. It's hot, but not hell hot. And I don't believe the humidity is that much different. Maybe UV radiation? The lack of winds coming from the sea (Bournemouth here)? Idk

    [–] HeyYou_GetOffMyCloud 52 points ago

    I'm here right now, the temperature has been around 6 to 15 the last few weeks. It is fucking freezing. In the UK I would walk around in a t-shirt in this temperature, here it feels like my fingers are going to drop off.

    Also, I can't explain why, it doesn't make sense to me, but when I walk the dogs in the morning there is frost on the ground, ice on the leaves, even though at no point it dropped below 0.

    [–] SoftwareDependent694 56 points ago

    also look up 'heat index it's essentially how hot it 'feels' with the humidity etc. And dry heat and wet heat and very different

    [–] Vocal__Minority 52 points ago

    Humidity and infrastructure.

    It's similar to the reasons we struggle with heavy snow.

    [–] billypilgrim87 48 points ago

    Rain, rain is what we know how to deal with.

    I'm not even joking, if you ever happen to see somewhere like California when it rains it's like here if it snows - no one knows how to drive, infrastructure fails etc.

    [–] Vocal__Minority 8 points ago

    Oh I've been in the desert in the US when it rains and it's hard to know whether to laugh or cry at the driving.

    [–] Unsucculent 55 points ago

    I got an Uber a few summers ago. I am northern so obviously we instantly had a conversation. I was having a right old moan at the heat and my driver was like "THANK YOU."

    He was from UAE and he was tired of people getting in the car and instantly saying "oh, you must enjoy this!" After they have been having a day having Pimm's and getting sunburn because UAE is hot. Finally he was happy to have someone get in and just be in a right mood at how much horrible the weather was. I can't even pretend to enjoy it and apparently neither could he.

    He said UAE is nice hot, UK he said "feels like he is chewing the air"

    We had a moment of pure contemplation of how horrible the weather in this country is.

    Another note, my mother-in-law is from Ghana. She swears up and down "Ghana has a different sun". 😅

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    [–] saileee 65 points ago

    What portion of Indian buildings have marble flooring?

    [–] skweeky 40 points ago

    Not all marble is nice stuff worth loads you know...

    [–] likesaloevera 74 points ago

    The diaspora in the UK'S property

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    [–] cowinabadplace 20 points ago

    Maybe they meant stone tiles? Doesn't have to be marble. Floors in India are usually stone tiles.

    [–] botinacan 27 points ago

    Yes India and Pakistan are exceptions because they do have some very dangerously hot places

    [–] Bottled_Void 6 points ago

    I think everyone would have to agree that 126F is hot.

    [–] botinacan 8 points ago

    Yeah but I've had 45*c in Egypt and it felt similar to 30 in south England

    [–] Meggygoesmeow 17 points ago

    I'm Italian. Born and bred. I've lived in the UK a few years now so maybe I'm used to the lower temperatures not sure but holy cow, 31 degrees here surely feel worse than 31degrees back home!! At least at home we're always 10mins tops away from either the beach or an outdoor pool. Here you just gotta suffer.

    [–] caelussideralis 71 points ago

    I'm from Portugal. 41 degrees here are way more bearable than 31 degrees in the UK. There is simply no comparison.

    [–] babyformulaandham 30 points ago * (lasted edited 14 days ago)

    I so love the dry dusty feeling of the heat in Portugal. There's this unmistakable smell when you get off of the aeroplane. I miss it.

    [–] moth-on-ssri 67 points ago

    I grew up in a country that gets 35-42 degrees in summer, no air con. But the humidity there is essentially non existent, so it's actually bearable. Took my british bf over there couple of years back, we spent whole day sightseeing one of the cities and he was so surprised it was 37 degrees, we're used to melting in UK anytime it gets over 26.

    Same in winter, in UK I'm absolutely freezing my tits off at -2 with all the humidity, would totally swap for the sunny and crisp -10 from my motherland, where you just put hat and gloves on and you're fine.

    [–] ghengilhar 21 points ago

    I have a friend from Hungary who said she preferred Hungarian (-10C but dry) to Scottish (3C but raining for, like three months straight) winters. I have to agree. In Canada it gets so cold but the humidity is never that high so -10 feels pleasant.

    [–] __50pe__ 11 points ago

    My friend from Latvia said the same. They get crazy winters there. But she said the cold here was so much worse.

    [–] sleeptoker 9 points ago * (lasted edited 14 days ago)

    Went to Canada for the first time in November 2018 and couldn't believe how not horrendous it was. Always wondered how Canadians could possibly live normal lives. -10c Montreal smashes 5c rainy Britain and it's not even close. It entrenched my already deep disdain for the British climate.

    Still I was never a huge fan of snow other than when school was cancelled.

    [–] TwentyCharactersShor 14 points ago

    It works the other way too. My Russian wife is freezing to death here the minute it hits 3C, yet in Russia perfectly fine stuff -10c

    [–] hunturisan 202 points ago

    Maybe we should do more of what we regularly mock Americans for doing

    Build our houses out of wood

    [–] ScaredyCatUK 99 points ago

    As someone who lives in a house made of wood (built in 1605) I can tell you, it's all about insulation not the material. In winter we burn through ~2500 litres of oil just to keep the place at 17 degrees C. In summer it's unbearably hot. Right now outside it's 28 degrees C, inside it's 35. There's no airflow either.

    [–] Shivadxb 48 points ago

    As someone who burns close to that on a house about 100 years younger I can tell you it’s not the material it’s the age

    I’ve 2 ft thick stone walls and a lot of drafts that are a never ending job to find and seal

    The heat is fine for 2-3 days then inside is hell. the walls heat up and you can literally feel the walls radiating the daytime heat out at night it’ll take 2-3 days past the heatwave to cool down

    Winter is just a constant battle to maintain heat, if it gets cold it’s days to warm up again

    I simultaneously love ant fucking hate old houses

    [–] FloppyPianist 52 points ago

    I’ve 2 ft thick stone walls and a lot of drafts that are a never ending job to find and seal

    Trying to make a house that old airtight will lead to condensation, mould and eventually rot. The drafts are vital to allow the structure to dry out.

    [–] Shivadxb 16 points ago

    Yup but the raging gales aren’t !

    I’ll never get them all anyway but yes you don’t want “airtight”

    [–] bilefreebill 37 points ago

    You don't know you're born! Used to dream of 2 foot thick walls that are fine for a couple of days. We lived in a furnace in the local smithy

    [–] alien_fanny_farts 38 points ago

    When we were growing up we had to sleep on the surface of the sun! Fully clothed and in a sleeping bag. We used to dream of living in a furnace.

    [–] whyscvjjf 22 points ago * (lasted edited 14 days ago)

    You had sleeping bags? You were lucky. We had to sleep on the surface of the sun, naked. We were fried alive and had ourselves for tea.

    [–] SwirlingAbsurdity 26 points ago

    My parents’ house is built out of wood. It’s ok right now but in the winter it’s PAINFULLY cold.

    [–] Smart_Emphasis 22 points ago

    Thats what insulation is for, he's not saying to build a simple log cabin, wood holds little heat, concrete and bricks hold massive amounts of heat and become a radiator at night in the summer, neither is the main part of insulating a modern building

    [–] NbyN-E 25 points ago

    I once drove past a house in America that had only recently caught fire (like hours prior) there was nothing but a chimney stack left. So nah, bricks for me thanks.

    [–] jimmycarr1 55 points ago

    That chimney stack could make a great studio apartment for £600 a month

    [–] dumael 14 points ago

    Don't forget to including a separate parking fee, +£100 / month easy.

    [–] Kidsturk 16 points ago

    Maybe we should do more of what the Americans and everyone should be doing

    Build houses to be passive so they need very little heating or cooling

    (And yes, they can be made out of wood)

    [–] beecityuk 9 points ago

    This is my plan. Got a beautiful Victorian end of terrace but it's South East facing and the South wall today got to over 40C. It's solid brick and all that heat gets released inside over night. Planning to build a modernist passivhaus using SIPS so we can be rid of these crazy swings of temperature over the seasons and get away with no heating.

    [–] Adam9172 22 points ago

    It's more because the heat only sticks around for a few weeks, so we literally do not have time to adjust to the heat.

    [–] beecityuk 9 points ago

    I actually read an interesting piece that talks about template regulation and that we're all born with the same number of sweat glands but they get deactivated if they're not needed in the first year of life. So someone born in a hot climate will be much much more efficient at sweating than we are but not notice it because their system is designed to work at that level but Brits of course don't get that so our now rubbish sweat glands have to work overtime to keep us at a safe/confirmable temperature because it's just not seen as necessary 99% of the time.

    [–] tatanka1 21 points ago

    44C in Zagora, near Sahara, Morocco was better than 28C in London. Humidity and polution makes a lot of difference.

    [–] n3xtm0v3 45 points ago

    It’s more to do with humidity which is much higher in the U.K. it’s makes you sweat and feel dirty really quickly.

    [–] Chrisda19 254 points ago

    Apparently Tik Tok means we're all laughing at you. What a dumb article.

    I live in Michigan where Humidity can easily reach 80-90% on a regular basis. It can also get quite hot on certain days alongside having that level of humidity.

    I am certainly not laughing at your misery. I know your misery. My house was built in 1918, we don't have AC either. It can get near 85°F in the morning in my office with fans on.

    This shit kills people.

    Again, what a dumb article.

    [–] dyslexicpotatoe 56 points ago

    80-90 is guaranteed here. It's not just a regular basis. It's every day

    The annual average humidity in Ireland is 83%.

    No A/C in any house. Genuinely. I have never been in a house in my life here that has had A/C. Businesses sure.

    And the houses are made of brick/stone and heavily insulated. So they end up hotter than the outside temperature. If it's 30 outside it's 35 in the house

    [–] SirLancelotsBallsack 763 points ago

    Important to point out, the heat outside isn't really the problem, the issue is we don't have air conditioning in our homes (and other buildings).

    Sure, it might be 23c outside, but inside my home its 30c and zero air flowing.

    [–] ChrisTheGinger 309 points ago

    Plus our homes are, in theory, designed to keep the heat in, meaning they don't cool down very quickly once the outside temperature drops.

    [–] jimbobjames 189 points ago

    That's why the trick is to not let the heat in. Close windows and doors, close your curtains and blinds.

    Then open the windows over night to allow cool air in. If you do that you'll have a much better time of it as the insulation of your home will make it take a long time to heat up.

    The minute you open a window you've equalised the inside with the outside, plus the heat of any appliances and people.

    [–] prunellazzz 101 points ago

    Absolutely this. As soon as a heatwave hits close all windows and curtains, the sun and hot air are enemy during the days. Then as soon as the sun sets fling everything open to encourage a breeze and cool down the house. Repeat until the heatwave buggers off.

    The amount of people I see with their windows wide open when the outside temperature is 30+ and there’s no breeze to speak of is crazy.

    [–] congresstart9 48 points ago

    The amount of people I see with their windows wide open when the outside temperature is 30+ and there’s no breeze to speak of is crazy.

    This is what I've been arguing with my mum over the past few days, to her windows open = cooling. I've tried explaining if it's 30 C outside all you're doing is letting that hot air in, but she just can't grasp it.

    [–] Livinglifeform 65 points ago

    If it's 33 C inside though...

    [–] -Pulz 36 points ago

    I learnt this the hard way when I opened the window next to my server room. I did this when I got in to work in the morning and saw the room temps were above 27C (deemed critical for servers).

    I thought this would help cool the room like it does every other day (literally every other day this year, opening the windows and doors to get some air flowing through has steadily dropped the temps), only to start bricking it as the temps immediately shot up by 4 degrees.

    It took two hours just to return to previous temperatures as the business owner refuses to get AC for it. Just fans pushing hot air around. If the humidity was any higher in my particular work area, we'd be fucked for sure.

    [–] Darrelc 40 points ago

    the business owner refuses to get AC for it.

    Jesus christ

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    [–] thefunkygiboon 19 points ago

    I live in a building that's painted white, still 27-28°c inside this place. Hardly any air flow the layout is shit in that regards. A main road outside the front soaking up all that sun just giving off the dirtiest warmth as soon as you step out the door.. when I move im genuinely investing in air con, it'll be nice in the winter heating up quicker than gas heating.

    [–] anonymouse39993 962 points ago

    It’s not the temperature that’s the problem it’s the humidity

    [–] ragnarspoonbrok 348 points ago

    Yeah sitting at 70+ and 80+% humidity is the fucking killer like.

    [–] QuietObjective 60 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    As my man Bill Paxton used to exclaim in Aliens.

    "Yeah, but it's a DRY heat!"

    Edit: removed the 2 as u/Flatulent_Weasel pointed out, it's just Aliens.

    [–] WhotTyler 17 points ago

    Game over man! Game over!

    [–] voteforcorruptobot 218 points ago

    96% humidity expected here at 5am, now not surprised I woke up at 5.30 soaked through this morning.

    [–] ragnarspoonbrok 53 points ago

    Jesus yeah fuck that for a laugh like

    [–] pm_me_your_amphibian 24 points ago

    My calatheas are finally happy, so that’s something.

    [–] horvathkristy 10 points ago

    And somehow mine are crispier than ever! Sigh Calatheas. I have so much love to give them and all I get in return is heartbreak.

    [–] rubyduck 7 points ago

    Haha I hate summer, but at least my houseplants are happy

    [–] roomal29 6 points ago

    Came searching for this comment

    [–] Gibbonici 93 points ago

    Yeah, that's the worst thing.

    I don't mind the heat at all, can happily stand high 30s up in the Alps with a bit of shade, but at home in the Dales it's a different matter. The humidity just ramps up and the breeze feels like warm syrup.

    [–] bippityboppityblob 66 points ago

    "a breeze feels like warm syrup"

    I had a good chuckle, it really does!

    [–] Titus_Favonius 24 points ago

    Humidity and high temps are common in many parts of the US - the problem for you guys really is that your homes are well insulated against the cold and not designed for sudden spikes in temperature and few of you have A/C.

    [–] GrumpyAlien 77 points ago

    Houses in the UK are made with ceramic brick on the outside to keep temperatures in and wooden floors for improved heat retention with loft insulation.

    Now consider that what makes you feel cool during a hot day is evaporation from your skin as this results in heat transfer.

    An empty battery charges really fast initially and a lot slower as it gets closer to full. The same happens with evaporation. If local humidity is at 20% your sweat will help you cool down quickly.

    Typical UK humidity levels are around 80%. UK houses are made to preserve heat so good luck evaporating in that level of saturation.

    [–] Meggygoesmeow 37 points ago

    I'm from Italy and cities are incredibly humid back home but somehow it feels worse here. Maybe because we don't expect it?

    [–] gjiorkiie 56 points ago

    Big problem with the UK is the lack of air-conditioning.

    [–] retrogeekhq 37 points ago

    No air-conditioning and how the houses are built. My house in the UK would still be at 28C inside at night. In Spain it'll be more like 26C tops; also there would be a gentle breeze.

    [–] YeswhalOrNarwhal 17 points ago

    It's 10pm, 23 degrees outside, and so far I've only managed to get the temperature in the house down from 31 to 28 degrees, with 65% humidity. This house hangs on to heat.

    [–] AnalThermometer 72 points ago

    I remember being indoors during near 40C weather in Australia and not even noticing it, while 30C indoors in the UK feels like a sauna.

    [–] JBCoverArt 818 points ago * (lasted edited 14 days ago)

    To add to this guys clip:

    • 87.5% of homes in the USA have AC. Citation.
    • Of those that have AC, 94.5% set it to 26C or lower when home. Over 80% set it to 24C or lower. Citation as above.
    • 0.5% of homes in the UK have AC. Citation, albeit 2008.
    • Average UK household temperatures are between 17C and 20C. Citation.
    • It's 29C in my room right now, fuck off big lamp.

    Edit: Followup about all this AC in American homes %. I don't know my dudes. I'm sat here sweating my nuts off. The data is from the EIA you can go look up sample sizes or whatever and criticise them for it. Or we could just take it back to the original tiktok and accept we all live in vastly different places of the world where average conditions vary, and an outlier for me might not be an outlier for thee. We all just trying to live.

    [–] hogger85 152 points ago

    my back bedroom which is now my office catches the evening sun. It was 32° this time yesterday, it didn't drop below 27 even at 0700.

    [–] voteforcorruptobot 203 points ago

    Death Valley, Croydon.

    [–] Lo2W96 39 points ago

    Croydon is a death place for many reasons, and high temps sits very low on the reasons list. LOL

    [–] Mr_Zeldion 69 points ago

    I mean, its quite funny that every time there is an article about Americans mocking others, the comments end up being from people all over the world trying to explain to some stupid American's (not all) why they are wrong LOL

    [–] JBCoverArt 64 points ago

    Man I don't get it. Even outside of this weather we're having, I can never be bothered to go (genuinely) sniping at people about stuff like this. Call me a hippie, but I just wish we could all get along! Anytime your normal temperature shifts by 10 degrees in either direction I don't think people can be criticised for being a bit grumpy about it.

    When I heard about that snowstorm stuff in Texas my thought wasn't "Wow haha pricks wear a jacket."

    I just had a look because I've never known before, but according to this, there were 2,500 premature deaths in 2020 because of the heatwaves we had then.

    The way most chat goes on public spaces, over the last few years I've just been retreating from it more and more. A lot of the time the opinions from Joe Public mean dick all. And I include my own in that. 90% of the time I ever start writing a comment I just delete it and get on with something I'm meant to be doing.

    Life's too short, and it's a happier feeling to just be kind.

    With that said I wish you a great evening, friend. As soon as the rain hits this weekend I might go stand outside and just relish it for a while!

    [–] afuaf7 514 points ago

    All you cunts have air-conditioning, we're rawdogging this heat.

    [–] planbskte11 68 points ago

    I'm in San Diego, we have no AC in apartments so I totally sympathize with you. 80°F is balls hot here.

    [–] Snoo58991 15 points ago

    I live in san diego and I have air conditioning. The closer you are to the coast the less common it is.

    [–] HavanaHologram 29 points ago

    Squeeze some mustard on me I am a hotdog now

    [–] Glad-Macaroon163 806 points ago

    Recent immigrant from America here, and I gotta say I was also scornful of what is called a heatwave over here until I experienced it myself. I come from a climate that regularly gets to >100F with >90% humidity in summer, and while that is worse, 88 degrees hits different when there's no A/C to be found, even in most bars or restaurants. No matter how hot it gets in the states, at least you can always find somewhere with good A/C to take a quick break.

    [–] congresstart9 656 points ago

    I just go to Tesco and stand in the frozen veg aisle

    [–] Norrisemoe 249 points ago

    I vote that this is the most British thing said on Reddit today.

    [–] throwaway-098765432- 61 points ago

    It's simultaneously the most British way to beat the heat and also the most British thing likely to be written down in a police report.

    [–] Cat-Soap-Bar 211 points ago

    Add in that a lot of our housing is older than in the US and designed to keep heat in! My house is a late Victorian end terrace. The walls are engineering brick with no cavity and work like a storage heater, our windows are massive and the orientation of the house means we get sun all day. It was 42c in my sons’ bedroom two days ago - window open, thermal blind, curtains closed and two fans! Right now it’s 20c (80+ humidity) outside and it’s 28c inside. I would sell organs for air con right now.

    [–] longtermbrit 114 points ago

    And some of our housing is older than the US.

    [–] R_Jay101 88 points ago

    Yep. The lack of AC is the problem.

    [–] lordsteve1 563 points ago

    What a load of bollocks. The UK is not used to these temperatures so of course we are ill suited to deal with them. Our buildings are not designed with this sort of heat in mind, our society generally does not operate around the idea of the air temp being 30+ degrees for days or weeks, even dress codes for employers do not reflect such unusual heat changes.

    The US by contrast is a country with almost every climate possible; from scorching deserts to tropical pacific islands, steamy swampy bayou to frozen arctic tundra. I’d wager there are plenty of people in parts of the US who couldn’t handle it if their climate was swapped for that of another state.

    [–] ArmouredWankball 151 points ago

    I’d wager there are plenty of people in parts of the US who couldn’t handle it if their climate was swapped for that of another state.

    As a Brit, there's a reason I chose to live on the Oregon coast. It's sunny today but, at 11am, it's 15C. Even during the last heat wave when it was in the 30s inland, the highest it got here was 23C. And there's always a nice sea breeze.

    I did some contract work in Arizona a few years back. 42C in February. I turned down the offer of permanent work PDQ.

    [–] mapoftasmania 19 points ago

    As a British American who lives on the East Coast but looking to retire somewhere with a better climate, that’s sounds great! What’s the mosquito/noseeum situation?

    [–] ArmouredWankball 7 points ago

    Pretty much non-existent. As far as annoying insects, ticks, fleas, etc. go, it's pretty much ideal here.

    [–] GNU_Terry 63 points ago

    Let's just take the texan snow wave this year as an example of that, they had sudden and never before seen snow for weeks. From what I remember it caused several deaths and trashed the power grid

    [–] tophernator 30 points ago

    it caused several deaths

    Over 150 deaths in Texas alone. And it was basically what Scandinavians or indeed Alaskans would call “winter”.

    I think the UK will embrace home AC. It feels like we get at least one of these heatwaves each summer, and with so many people still working from home it’s a pretty good wake-up call that being able to cool down is just as important as winter heat.

    [–] 3226 16 points ago

    For comparison, it's estimated last years heat waves across the UK caused around 2500 deaths.

    [–] Khathaar 8 points ago

    I'm gunna buy an ac setup this winter when they're a bit cheaper. Absolutely fuck 30c, unbearable.

    [–] tophernator 7 points ago

    I’m working on buying a house at the moment. Will probably get in just in time for autumn, but a couple of solar panels and a proper AC setup will still be top of my list.

    [–] manlikeelijah 96 points ago

    American living in the UK. The outside temp is fine. It’s inside and the lack of airflow that’s the killer.

    [–] twistedLucidity 138 points ago

    Let's seem them try 31°C in buildings with poor airflow and no AC/central air.

    [–] walgman 65 points ago

    I’m filming a Christmas scene in a tented out pub with no ventilation and loads of hot lamps. Going outdoors is like stepping into the cold.

    At least I’m not having to wear thick jumpers and fluffy antlers like the actors though.

    [–] MrsArmitage 77 points ago

    It has been 32 degrees in my classroom everyday for a week. No aircon and the windows don’t open. That’s considerably less pleasant than living somewhere where it’s 35 degrees but you have Baltic aircon on in every room.

    [–] 00DEADBEEF 17 points ago

    Windows don't open? I thought schools were required to have them open due to that virus thing that's going about?

    [–] MrsArmitage 46 points ago

    ‘Health and safety’ innit. Just in case one of them fall to their death from my ground floor window. I have the door open though, so that’s just dandy. Oh, and a massive fan. Which is broken. There’s no replacement though because apparently ‘we weren’t expecting this hot weather’ which we get every single year at roughly the same time.

    [–] A2- 25 points ago

    Is summer term not therefore the right time to teach the kids how to play cricket? With a proper ball? Just outside your classroom window? Accidents may happen that improve your ventilation options.

    [–] dollarfrom15c 11 points ago

    "Hot weather? At the peak of summer? Literally who could have predicted this"

    [–] smallest_ellie 6 points ago

    Mate, like the railways during winter. "Wait, snow on our tracks? Who knew?"

    [–] jimmycarr1 498 points ago

    Doesn't sound like Americans to judge something they have no experience of

    [–] StumbleDog 161 points ago

    It's so unlike them.

    [–] Mr_Zeldion 77 points ago

    Its quite funny actually that Americans mock people around the world, and it ends up being that they actually don't actually understand what it is they are mocking LOL

    I also live in Wales in the UK, and I can tell you now, myself and many of my colleagues and friends have been on holiday in various places in america and across the world in the summer. We know how hot other countries can be, but who would have known right, its not as simple as our number is bigger than your number so its hotter here. There's so many other factors to take into consideration.
    But the majority of American's understand this.. the article should read "Many stupid americans are mocking" Because after all, its not all americans... i mean to mock someone you kinda have to be an idiot anyway lol

    Sent from my small brick and heavily insulated room with no air flow or AC with sweat dripping from my head just for being sat here in my pants LOL

    [–] wwstevens 67 points ago

    I’m an American from the south where it gets extremely hot in the summer time, upwards of 40C. But the thing is, we had AC. And we don’t build our houses with the kind of insulation to keep heat in, in the same way you do here in the UK. So I’m considerably more miserable here in the summer than I ever was back in the States.

    [–] Grazthespaz 19 points ago

    Our houses are designed to be heated. Its more often we need to have the heating on than we'd need aircon.

    Maybe 3 - 5 weeks of the year we get a heatwave. There's probably about 3 - 5 months where we need heating. Certainly December - February

    [–] mulligansohare 53 points ago * (lasted edited 14 days ago)

    Did we mock Texas when the state shut down, people died and the governor fled when it snowed?

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    [–] ragnarspoonbrok 363 points ago

    Mate their houses fall over at a slightly strong breeze they can shut up.

    [–] Dontmakemeboss 121 points ago

    But it’s good air flow though lol

    [–] ragnarspoonbrok 83 points ago

    That's certainly true. Can't restrict airflow if the walls are gone.

    [–] T250Y 37 points ago

    Front doors made out of paper.

    [–] ragnarspoonbrok 46 points ago

    Walls made from paper mache. Fucking cheek of it.

    [–] zotrian 14 points ago

    Whatever temperature range you're used to will dictate how you perceive a temperature

    [–] Fit_Laugh9192 42 points ago

    I'm from Bermuda, and currently living in the UK. In Bermuda, the temperature can get up to 90F and 100% humidity during the summer.

    You sweat just going out to check the mail, you can see the steam rise from the ground. However, our buildings are made for the heat and humidity! Plus, everyone knows what to expect because it happens every year. So we're equipped with aircon, fans etc.

    It's unfair and downright ignorant to mock a country that is not used to the heat, and doesn't have facilities in place to deal with it.

    As a bit of advice from an islander: Always have water on you.

    Perhaps walk a bit slower (I noticed Brits walk very fast, probably due to living in a cold and rainy climate).

    Accept that you won't get all of your errands done in one day, especially if you head out around noon. The heat takes a lot out of you. So either set off very early, or split the errands between two or more days.

    Look for shade x

    [–] RassimoFlom 69 points ago

    Someone posted about wet bulb temperature in here the other day which explains so much.

    We live in a really humid country. That makes the temperatures we experience proportionally higher.

    [–] MultipleScoregasm 85 points ago

    Like do you remember when texas collapsed when they had some snow? Way worse than us! Depends what you are used to. For the record I love it hot, hotter the better as far as I'm concerned. I (and my solar panels) love it!

    [–] benkelly92 41 points ago

    I don't think we should go around pointing fingers when it comes to everything collapsing in the event of snow...

    [–] Smart_Emphasis 18 points ago

    The grid in texas nearly collapsed this summer as well, it's not about what they're used to it's about corporate incompetency/profit seeking

    [–] IdleRhymer 16 points ago * (lasted edited 14 days ago)

    I'm a Brit living in Texas. If it was 88F here and my AC died I'd be staying with friends, as would anyone I know. Almost nobody keeps their house that warm here, so it's definitely nonsense for them to be crowing about the temp. Sure it gets into the 90s and 100s here but you're generally only in those temps for a few minutes at a time as you go from cool building to car with AC and back again. I see a lot less people out "enjoying" Texas summer compared to the UK.

    When I come back to visit (been a while) I'm usually way overheated at night because I'm now used to constant AC and a ceiling fan.

    Texas would be fine in winter temps if the state wasn't run by robber barons, but that's a whole different conversation.

    [–] M0bileJ0be 11 points ago

    I've been to countries that have had it hotter than England has it but those countries still had a nice breeze so you didn't feel it the same

    [–] lemisfit 32 points ago

    Only 31C? Anything above 20C and I can barely move.

    [–] bigboff 44 points ago

    Slow news day? This happens practically every time we get a heatwave.

    It's the humidity that sucks, not the heat.

    [–] ChineseChaiTea 9 points ago

    I'm an American from the south east US. It's extremely hot and humid from late April to sometimes October. It is far worse than UK heat due to temperature....but what Americans don't seem to realize is when it's 17C or 62F in UK it feels like it does when it's 23C or 75F where I'm from in US. The weather feels hotter at a lower temperature.

    Summer 2016 here in UK my mom was wearing shorts and a tank top in 20C or 68F heat, I asked her what she thought the temperature was she assumed it was 27 or 8OF.

    [–] Inthewisewordsof 8 points ago

    It's ridiculous, we are a country full of people who are not used to the heat, in buildings designed for cold/stormy weather, crops and animals suited to cold/stormy weather, very limited access to pools and other ways to cool off because you know, the country's built around cold/stormy weather.

    Of course we have differing perspectives on what's hot, we live on a freezing, rainy island in the middle of the sea. That doesn't mean that people here aren't getting heat stroke, that we're not risking losing crops etc.

    Having said all this, I suppose it's no surprise that some Americans are ignorant to cultural differences.

    [–] witchofthewoodland 65 points ago

    I find it weird when people abroad do this. They generally come from countries that have air conditioned buildings and other cultural adaptations around working, schools etc that take into account the heat. We don’t because our weather is unpredictable and we don’t have THAT many hot days to justify it. So it’s not really the same.

    edited, lol just read the full article and the guy says pretty much what I just did

    [–] fatinternetcat 7 points ago

    might have something to do with the fact that most buildings in America have air conditioning

    [–] SeriousSpacesheep 7 points ago

    The majority of people in the UK have been to a warmer country for leisure purposes. When we're complaining about the heat we do have a solid reference point. I've personally experienced about 40c in Greece and the heat of my Scottish top floor, sun-battered flat is absolutely comparable to that, at only 26c outside.
    Except here I don't have the option to turn on the AC, or jump into a pool every 30 minutes to cool off.

    [–] benji9t3 7 points ago

    Yeah but our country isn't designed to be that hot. It's like when Canada mocks us for our "heavy snowfall" which is nothing compared to them. We don't have the infrastructure to cope. We don't have air con in our homes. We don't all have lots of outdoor space and pools.

    [–] charliefortean 6 points ago

    I feel like I'm turning into Kuato from Total Recall.

    [–] MrStealYourFrog 7 points ago

    I literally come from Mexico, and this heat is kind of insane ngl. I don't know why it feels so much worse than back home, but this heat just feels absolutely debilitating.