Heat in Europe

Aug 4th, 2005, 02:46 PM
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Heat in Europe

Is it really as hot as everyone says it is in Europe in the summer? It is 95 here in Philly today and 82 in Nice and Rome. So don't you think I can handle the heat there... or is the humidity so high there that it feels hotter?
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Aug 4th, 2005, 02:52 PM
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Many, probably most, buildings in Europe do not have air conditioning, and rarely to US standards. Most buildings in the US do, at least in areas with significant summer heat. So it's harder to get out of the heat in Europe.

I think the buildings "store" heat in closely-packed areas. So the more densely built up an area is, the hotter it will feel, even if the temperature is not as high as out in a rural area, for example.
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Aug 4th, 2005, 02:54 PM
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What makes it feel hot is that you're walking around outside in the blazing sun. Most Americans, while at home, can hang around in their air-conditioned home, office, or car, but there are fewer escapes from the heat when you're out sightseeing in Europe. Public transportation is hot and stuffy. Hotels and restaurants, even if they have air conditioning, are not as cool as what Americans are accustomed to. Museums may or may not be cooler than outside. Make sure you drink lots of water and have a great trip.
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Aug 4th, 2005, 03:48 PM
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I was just in Spain last week and we spent 4 days in Madrid and towns outside ( it was very hot there) and Barcelona which was also hot. The air conditioning system does not work as well there but let me tell you that
we spent 3 days in Phillie after Spain and we thought the heat in Phillie was so much worse. American heat can be alot hotter and more humid so don't worry. Enjoy it- drink tons of water and wear comfortable clothing and you'll be fine. natjgc
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Aug 4th, 2005, 04:12 PM
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It's not hotter in most places in Europe than in the US, the US seems hotter to me because of the humidity and general climate--at least for someone who was raised in the Midwest and now lives in mid-Atlantic area. Of course it will be very hot in the southern part of Europe, as in the southern part of the US. But Nice is on the coast, so it won't feel hotter in Nice than Philly.
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Aug 4th, 2005, 05:59 PM
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I don;t think you cansay Europe - since the climates vayr so much. If you're talking about italy it is at least as hot as the NE US on average - and then you have the addd factor of so many places with no AC - or very little - so you're suffering 24 hours a day.

But - barring an unusual heat wave - other parts of europe - esp north of the Alps (and definitely Scandinavia) are usually cooler. But again - the no AC factor can make even 80 and very humid uncomfortable.
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Aug 4th, 2005, 06:03 PM
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And you have to add the crowds on the places you visit, the files, the long walks of cobblestone under the sun...that makes you feel the hot much more uncomfortable.
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Aug 4th, 2005, 06:04 PM
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And keep in mind that unusual heat is not really all that unusual. Averages can be deceiving.
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Aug 4th, 2005, 06:17 PM
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Hi missyg, when in Rome try to do what the Italians do, when they can. Get up early and do what you want to do etc. in the morning. Try to find a shady cafe for lunch and then retreat to your room to get out of the hot afternoon sun. Then a nice shower and go out again early evening to enjoy your time in Rome. Go to a restaurant about 9:00pm and have a leisurely dinner. You can even walk around after dinner when it is hopefully cooler.

As others have said it is not just the temp it is the humidity, the crowds, the cobblestones etc. Some family members were in Rome in June and they really suffered as the family house did not have a/c and they had to be on the go constantly due to family health problems. Real miserable.

But you as a tourist will have more control over you activities and when you do them. Enjoy your trip!!
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Aug 4th, 2005, 06:32 PM
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You can probably handle the heat... but make sure your hotel room has a/c! (Especially in Rome IMHO) Take plenty of gelato breaks.
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Aug 4th, 2005, 08:25 PM
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Most of Europe has become dramatically hotter in the last ten years, especially France. Summer weather used to be a bit warm at the worst, but now it is truly and hazardously hot for much of the year in many locations, with temperatures as much as 30 F above historical averages.

Traditionally Europe has not used air conditioning very much, because so few locations became hot enough long enough to warrant it. But the changes of the last decade have made the absence of A/C painfully obvious; in 2003, over 10,000 people died in a French heat wave because of it. Since all predictions are that the heat will get worse with global warming, eventually everyone will have to have A/C, just as in hot climates elsewhere around the world.

The problem is that this hotter weather is going to change Europe significantly, and not in a good way. The continent now is geared towards cool weather, and the architecture, dress, culture, customs, etc., reflect this. As temperatures get closer to those of a place like Houston or Las Vegas, all of these things will change, and Europe as it once was will be no more. I don't think Europeans have realized this yet. Unfortunately, there isn't any way to control the weather, so unless the upward trend in heat stops, this is the way things will go.
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