It's been warm in north western Europe for the last few weeks, unseasonably warm. Both London and Paris have broken temperature records every day for the last week, and it's been a good time to be selling cold drinks and ice-cream.
All this extra heat has had it's problems. The garden looks rather dry and heat stressed, and I can't sleep properly! Last night was so hot, that not even the bedroom floor was cool enough, I had to sleep on the tiles in the kitchen floor to be cool enough to stay asleep. Now I don't mind heat, and I managed 3 years in Southern California, but unlike California where there is air-conditioning everywhere you go, and it does get cooler at night, Hampshire has virtually no air-conditioning anywhere, and it remains stiflingly hot at night!
What is even more scary is that in Loire where we were a week a go, it was even hotter. My better half, just back from leading a walking holiday there (she stayed a week longer than I), is very happy to be in the UK, it's so much cooler than France!
Someone at work suggested to get a good nights sleep, to wrap the bedding up in plastic bags, and place them in the fridge for a few hours before bed, so that they are nice and cool! Sounds interesting.....