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Monday August 11, 2003
06:34 AM

Refrigerated Bedding

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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.....

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  • It's even hotter here in Lyon. At work we used to have air conditioning ; but that low-grade device refuses to work when the external temperature is superior to 35°C. It's 39°C outside, and probably hotter in my office now.
    • I'm sure there are lots of hotter places in France at the moment, however I was in Tours in the Loire Valley and it was hot enough for me. After I left to come back to the UK it got a lot hotter, it was over 35°C (in the shade) most days, and this is not so clever when you are on a walking holiday. I gather the lowest temperatures were around 22°C, towards dawn.

      Outside it's probably peaking at 30°C - which isn't hot in the scheme of things, but is pretty hot for round here, and I'm very ple

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  • I live in Texas where we do have air conditioning everywhere we go (in fact, for the first part of your post I was thinking, "Sleep on the tiles? Why don't they just turn on the A/C?"), but a few years back I moved in with my grandparents who were so cold natured due to age that they kept the thermostat set unbearably high on summer nights. I bought a small 13-inch or so fan that I kept on a chair right next to my bed (my computer desk chair, actually) running on me all night and found that that made thin

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  • Your idea of refridgerated bedding reminded me of my great-grandmother who lived on a farm in Pennsylvania (USA), and would put a brick in the fire for a bit, then wrap it in a towel to keep warm at night :) Good luck with the heat, just try to remember that there may be a time in the not so distant future that you will miss it (maybe).