Hot fun in the … autumn time?

A heatwave has hit the UK. It's sizzling at 84 degrees!

It is positively balmy in the UK right now with temperatures reaching the mid-80s. South Yorkshire reports the hottest Sept. 29th (or should I say 29th Sept.?) on record with temps at 29 degrees Celsius (that’s 84 degrees Fahrenheit for Celsius-phobes).

For those of us who are don’t blink an eye unless it’s triple-digits, let me gently remind you: That’s HOT, people! Most Brits don’t have air conditioning and opening a window just doesn’t cut it. Most Brits strut around in shorts at the first sign of sunshine. If you look up the word “balmy” in a British dictionary, I’m pretty sure you’ll find a description of a temperate 70 degree day.

One thing I do find funny is that the heat doesn’t affect their consumption of hot tea. I’ve been told multiple times over the years that hot tea actually cools you down. It’s counterintuitive, they recognize, but they swear by it.

Now I’ve had hot tea in Britain on an 84 degree day and it has not cooled me down. But then again I’m not British so I don’t question. Nor would I dare suggest iced tea with lemon. Just let sleeping dogs lie. Even if those dogs are lying in sweltering temperatures sipping hot tea.


Posted on 30, September 2011, in Culture and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Yeah, my mum used to say to drink tea to cool one day, but it never worked for me. I think it’s probably to do with making you sweat more or being hotter than the air or something. It never made sense to me either!

    I’ve been making the most of the warmth today and yesterday. Not the hottest I’ve experienced here in the UK, though. I think… I dunno, mid-90s or something in London one summer. Didn’t last long though – never does.

  2. That should have been ‘to cool one down’. Sorry. Must be the heat, lol! (It’s 81F in my room, but I don’t even feel hot at the moment.)

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