I don't think we've broken any records yet, but this has been one of the lengthier hot stretches that I can remember in Frankfurt. It is 10:30 a.m. as I write, and the temperature in my room is at 88 degrees Fahrenheit or just over 31 Celsius. It is expected to go up to 35 C today, or 95 F. Please remember that most Germans, including the Bloggerboy family, do not have air conditioning. I grew up in the Southern United States, but we had AC in our homes, cars and offices. One summer, I lived in a southern college dorm without AC and felt that I had finally become a true southerner, able to compare notes with someone who had experienced the South before the days of AC. Based on my experience, I can confirm that it is HOT and uncomfortable. I still handle the heat better than most Germans, but it isn't fun.
Saturday and Sunday were the worst days, breaking 100 degrees F or roughly 38 C. One thermometer in town showed 44 C, or 111 F in the sun on Saturday. We sat in our living room yesterday with the curtains drawn and a fan going. The air was humid. There was no wind. Even at 10 p.m. last night the air outside was hotter than in our apartment, so we could not open up for fresh air. I slept downstairs to take advantage of the three of four degree Fahrenheit temperature difference. My room temperature had dropped to a “comfortable" 28 C or 82 F this morning with doors and windows open. Upstairs it was still 30 C or 86 F. The weather finally is supposed to break tomorrow, as it inevitably does in Northern Europe, but whew boy, this was a hefty stretch of hot weather, and it is supposed to get hot again after tomorrow's short weather break. My work productivity has dropped dramatically. I’m basically staggering to the finish line in two weeks when I shut down for a two-week vacation near water. By mid-August, the worst of the summer heat is usually over and, with a regularity by which you could set your watch, the last days of August usually include a whiff of fall in the air. I'm trying to enjoy summer while it lasts.
It could be worse. I could have been on a high-speed train this weekend. As Deutsche Welle reported: “On Saturday, Germany recorded the warmest day in the year with temperatures over 38 degrees Celsius (102 degrees Fahrenheit) in some places including the capital Berlin. And authorities say there's no cool-down in sight for the rest of the weekend. The high temperatures on Sunday forced Germany's rail operator Deutsche Bahn to evacuate three high-speed trains whose air conditioning systems had broken down, the company said. News agency DAPD quoted Hans-Dieter Muehlenberg, chief of a local rescue squad, as saying temperatures inside the trains had reached 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) and that nine people were hospitalized.”