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July 5th, 2006

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11:37 pm - A lovely day.
Just noting that the weather was very nice today - 25°C maximum, I might even admit to considering it warm (but not "hot", as some seem to call it). Still odd to think that the warmest rwrylsin and I have experienced on UK soil was last summer, when it reached 28°C one day, and the warmest since we left Oz was about 32° or 33° in Prague last year.

Yesterday, I finally got around to changing the WAP settings on my phone from the settings I used in Australia to ones that would work over here. Yes, I can now Google from my phone ... I feel so 21st century.

I've just started reading Accelerando, by Charlie Stross - dizzying and frenetic and rather than picking at one or two aspects of modern high-tech life he's thrown in All.Of.Them. - enjoying it a lot, so far.
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Date:July 5th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
I can't believe even Glasgow is geting the heatwave and we're not!
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Date:July 6th, 2006 06:51 am (UTC)


Glad Accelerando is good. I've just finished reading his first two, and really enjoyed them, so I'll be getting that one too, soon.
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Date:July 6th, 2006 08:55 am (UTC)
Our temperatures have been up over 30 degrees. Even the nights are in the 20s, which is oh-so-very-warm after subzero temperatures in the previous months.... Even the water temperature at our local swimming hole is about 18 degrees!
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Date:July 6th, 2006 09:32 am (UTC)
Hot is a variable concept. ;o)

At the moment, it is hot, uncomfortably so. The actual temperature is much lower than I have experienced elsewhere and been comfortably warm. The difference is that on the fringes of a desert the humidity is much lower, so it is much less unpleasant. (Go to the coast, though, and it was just as bad.) What is amusing is that if I were back in that desert environment and the temparature dropped to what we are experiencing now, the locals would be putting on cardigans.
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Date:July 6th, 2006 10:14 am (UTC)
Temperature really is all relative - me being a cold-habituated northener, I've been in northern Italy in April wearing summer clothes while the natives were still considering it winter and needing winter coats and woolly scarves. And while the weather the last few days has definitely been much too warm for me, I'm almost cetain I'd adapt to that too, if it were like that more often.

Just in the interests of scaring myself, what would you two consider "cold", "normal" and "warm"? And do you find you're adapting at all with being over here?
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Date:July 6th, 2006 11:43 am (UTC)
We are adapting to the cold.

In Melbourne my personal scale was something like:
below 5 = freezing
5-10 = cold
10-15 = cool
15-20 = mild
20-27 = warm (time for short sleeves)
27-37 = hot (time for skirts & shorts)
37+ = Too damn hot. (time to collapse in front of fan)

Now it's more like:
below zero = cold
1-10 = cool (except in winter, when anything over 0 is mild)
10-15 = mild
15-22 = warm
22-27 = very warm

Beyond that I'm not sure, but the Prague trip suggests my upper scale stays about the same. I was still functional at 30, but wouldn't really want to have to do anything strenuous in it. Low 20's remains my favourite although it feels warmer now.
I have noticed that I don't cope with the heat at all well while fencing now. No idea how I survived summer fencing in Aus.

I don't really like 30's, but if I don't have a few of them then my internal calendar seems to think it hasn't had summer yet... That too may pass.
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Date:July 6th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
Yup, definitely adapting. For me it started when I moved from Adelaide to Melbourne about 8 years ago. In Adelaide, I'd wear a jumper or light jacket on days up to about 20°[1]. In Melbourne, I was regularly wandering around in short sleeves on days of 12-15° (just walking faster to generate a bit of warmth). Here, I'm starting to think of 12-15° as being "quite nice" (sometimes adding "for the time of year", favoured phrase of weather presenters on TV) (depends on the amount of rain/wind, though).
Over 17-18°ish is starting to feel warm, but "hot" would still have to be somewhere over 30°, maybe 35°. Then again, 30° here, with high humidity, could well be less pleasant than 40°+ in Adelaide or Melbourne with a bone dry North wind coming straight off the desert.
"cold" - probably under 5° these days, or roughly when my nose and lips start going numb while walking around. It would have been under 15° 10 years ago.

[1] When I was a teenager, I would wear jeans and a jumper up to 35° or so, although that was partly because I was too embarrassed for people to see my pale & scrawny limbs :-)

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