Hotter than blazes

July 21, 2011

I have often had occasion to reflect on the fact that living in Toronto is hell, but these past weeks — and especially today — it is truer than ever.

Apparently last night was the hottest night on record for the city, and although today’s blast from Beelzebub’s bellows is projected to fall just short of the all-time heat record, it is most unpleasant all the same. I bought some ice cream but it melted before I could eat it. This evening I intend to cook sausages by simply setting them outside.

(That ‘Feels Like:’ temperature folds in the humidity. I don’t know if places that are perpetually hot and humid do that or not. 49°C is 120°F.)

At times like this I find myself wishing that winter would come, as I generally tolerate cold weather better than hot. But then I checked the weather at the South Pole. Would I rather be there? Probably not.

The most recent post at The Hebdomadal Chesterton is on-topic.

9 Responses to “Hotter than blazes”

  1. Janet Says:

    Our high temperature is supposed to be about 37C but the humidity is only 41% which seems to make a big difference in the “Feels Like” temp which is only 38C. I wonder if it’s calculated differently.


  2. cburrell Says:

    I did try, in a desultory sort of way, to discover how the ‘Feels Like’ temperature is calculated, but without success.

  3. Mac Says:

    It’s actually hotter in Toronto and the American midwest and northeast than it is down here on the Gulf coast. Our temps have not been running over 34C or so, which is relatively moderate for our summers. I don’t pay any attention to that “feels like”, “heat index”, etc. stuff, because there’s bound to be a subjective or at least more local and immediate element. Even if the temp/humidity connection is objective, there are still variables like wind and cloud cover that can make a difference.

  4. cburrell Says:

    Probably our heat tolerance up here is not as robust as yours. Temperatures this high are rare in these parts, and tend to make us sluggish, ornery, and sweaty. Maybe the ‘Feels Like’ calculation takes that into account.

  5. Janet Says:

    We are always sluggish, ornery, and sweaty.


    Although I’m not quite sure why that gives glory to God.

  6. cburrell Says:

    Dead men are neither sluggish, ornery, nor sweaty; therefore the sluggish, ornery, and sweaty are invariably alive. And ‘the glory of God is man fully alive’.

  7. Janet Says:

    Of course. What was I thinking?


  8. kathyb Says:

    My husband is convinced that terms such as “feels like” were invented by weather networks to enable them to announce more extreme temperatures and thereby get better ratings.

    Maybe it has to do with how long it takes you to either get heatstroke or frostbite, depending on the season. The thought of someone having to test this is, however, a bit worrisome.

  9. cburrell Says:

    But it does feel hotter when the humidity is higher, so it is not completely spurious.

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