There’s something you need to know about the British.
We like to talk about the weather. In fact, we’re a little bit famous for it.
The weather forms a core part of every Brit’s small talk repertoire. “Bloody boiling today isn’t it mate?” “Raining again I see” “Did you see the weather forecast for the weekend?”
If it’s hot, we’re whingeing. If it’s cold, we’re whining. And if it’s our normal “British grey” we’re complaining.
It’s kind of comical.
But this week has been like no other. For the last 7 days, the UK has been blessed/cursed with a heatwave of around 31 degrees.
Now, I know some of you reading this will be laughing out loud at that number. 31 degrees? That’s nothing! We get 40, 45 or even 50 degrees!
I know 31 degrees isn’t really that hot – but we’re an island. And that means super high humidity. It feels way hotter than it is. We’re sweltering here and there’s no escape.
The thing is, we’re woefully unprepared.
Because heat waves are so rare in the UK, we’re not set up for them. We don’t have air conditioning and many people don’t even have a fan. Our houses are built for warmth, not heat. I mean, we sleep with fluffy duvets for goodness sake!
But that’s not the only problem – people don’t know how to behave in the heat either.
Over the last weekend, our emergency rooms were flooded with foolish people who had overdone the sun. Extreme sunburn blisters, heatstroke and in some cases life-threatening levels of dehydration.
And it’s not over yet. Chances are by the time it breaks we’ll all be plunged into every Brit’s worst nightmare – a hosepipe ban.
Yep, that’s a thing. The government actually make it illegal to water your garden with a hosepipe when things get hot and our water table reduces.
So, I thought this week I’d ask for your input. I’d love to hear how your country copes in the heat – and perhaps you could give a overheated, sweaty freight forwarder some tips to make the next few days bearable!