Two degrees of separation

todaystempsWhew! What a scorcher!

The heat wave here in Amsterdam and across much of western Europe that we’ve had for the past week continues unabated.

Here’s the temperature at about 4.30pm today – 32.2 degrees Celsius or 90 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s outside. Inside, it’s almost as hot – 30.2 Celsius (86 Fahrenheit).

What are two degrees among friends! It feels as hot inside as it does outside. And in my office, it’s another degree hotter (31). My Dell desktop computer generates a lot of heat so that’s undoubtedly contributing. The PC has five fans which are working pretty hard to keep things cool.

So whew! Surely it must have peaked for today. I really can’t imgaine it getting to 33 or higher. Yet these are not the hottest temps in Europe by far.

Searing summer temperatures used to be something relatively unusual in this part of Europe. Yet 30+ is no longer uncommon.

What on earth are we doing to this planet?