Here are the major headlines – August 3, 2018

Europe sizzles! Spain, Portugal swelter…CNN headlines / Oppressive heat wave hits the United States / Montreal recorded the highest temperature in 147 years…Japan reached 106 degrees (F) breaking the record in July.


This is the 4thwarmest year on record.

Currently; the Midwest and East coast have a scorching heat wave, and Europe is experiencing abnormal temperatures. In fact, some places have the “highest-ever recorded.” Triple digits in the west like; Los Angeles with 111 (F) last month, and Death Valley 127 (F) is hovering as the hottest month ever recorded on our the earth. Libya has the official highest recorded temp, now at 134 degrees (F).


Northern Europe is also suffering. 

Finland reports 89.2 degrees (F) an all-time record. Last month, Sweden reported an epidemic of wildfires and make a plea for help…Norway and Italy answered their call. Even Sydney, Australia had warm days and they are in the middle of winter.

Italy has 12 cities on the red alert for health risks, and yesterday I saw that Milan was 93 degrees (F). Cows in Switzerland have no water, but are getting aid from the Swiss Air Force to bring in water to keep them alive.


The other day

I looked at the weather in London, on my weather app, and saw 90 degrees (F) and quickly texted my friend, and asked how she was dealing with it. She said, “the evenings cool down a bit, and their AC is running.” My friend in Germany emailed me and said, “sleeping is hard because they don’t have AC.” I have not heard yet from my friends in Norway but their temp at this moment reads, “refreshingly cool.” Guess I won’t have to worry about them!


I bring this up for good reason…

Some people have certain medical conditions, or they are on meds that will make them more heat-sensitive. Children and the elderly are at risk. If we can’t reduce the heat wave, we need to adapt to our surroundings.


So here are my health tips for you:
  1. Drink plenty of water: get at least 64 fl oz., and if you are drinking caffeine, replace that amount with water as caffeine is a diuretic and promotes dehydration..
  2. Wear light clothing and a hat
  3. Avoid strenuous outdoor activity
  4. Look after your pets
  5. Check on your neighbors. Call your friends in high heat areas, and ask them how they are coping. I’m sure they would appreciate the call
  6. Carry a portable fan
  7. Eat lighter cold foods

We are staying cool and saving on energy, (greener strategies). Here is what we are doing to keep cool: Set the thermostat at 78 degrees. Grill outdoors. Keep any light off when possible, run large appliances at night. Put some fruit in the freezer (for 30 mins) such as blueberries. Our next step is to fold our pillow cases in bags and chilling them in the freezer for a few minutes!


I have to work on drinking more water. It’s a struggle. Did you know that blood is 90% water? It helps the digestive system, helps to maintain blood pressure, prevents kidney damage, and there are many more benefits. Remember these facts and pay more attention to your daily consumption. Suffice to say — we can’t live without water.


Although several other areas still have high temps this week, we can be hopeful, heavy rain will dampen the high temps in certain parts of the globe.



The earth is changing,

..especially, with weather. Just to name a few: global temperature rise, warming oceans, shrinking ice sheets, and extreme events. This all leads to questions; is there overwhelming scientific proof of global warming? Are human activities the cause of global warming? What are your observations?


In the mean time…..Stay hydrated, wishing you better days ahead.

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