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Title: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 30 Jun 2018 05:00PM
Was just wondering if the current spell of hot weather is being either enjoyed or endured by other Ouchers....does it help painful conditions or worsen them, for instance?  Is the heat tiring and brain-fogging or does it give you a lift in energy and mood?  (personally I find that once temperatures go into the 80s Fahrenheit/25 Celsius and above, it's rather too much, but I know some folk cope with it better than others!)
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: oldtone27 on 30 Jun 2018 06:38PM
I tend to wilt when it goes over 25c  but thankfully here near the coast the breeze has taken the edge off. However I do find that I get a touch arthritis when it is warm this time in my wrist. Hopefully it will subside before long.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Monic1511 on 30 Jun 2018 06:39PM
Hi Kizzy

for me its tiring, I cant sit out in the sun as I burn badly, I also get migraines in the sun.  I like that its warm and dry especially as Scottish Schools have stopped and it good that the children will have decent weather.  Mind you I wish that the bosses could sort out the building.
 One new building is 30C with fans on each desk and the windows open, some idiot hasn't reprogrammed the heating and it came on at 2.00 in the afternoon.  Madness.

Never mind - for the first time in years we are having summer in Scotland  >cool<
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: SteveX on 30 Jun 2018 07:22PM
I hate it, I get too hot and struggle to stay remotely cool, also some of my pains get worse in the heat and what's the worst for me, I use my blue inhaler over twice as much as normal as I struggle to get my breath in the heat.

What makes it even worse is my cat hates fans, I bought a fan last year and cannot use it as she instantly hides when its on and never comes out.   So I just sit here getting hotter and hotter.  and sleeping is terrible in this heat, I really struggle to get to sleep.

Roll on Autumn I say!!
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Fiz on 01 Jul 2018 08:28AM
I like it but only because I'm fortunate here having things that are helpful. I've allowed myself an hour outside on the patio which is time I've enjoyed on weekdays. I've found it too difficult to go out at weekends as the sound of children playing, neighbours having barbecues or arguing has increased my anxiety so I avoid that by only going out on weekdays.

My bedroom is north facing so is fairly cool until the sun is in the west or if it's extremely hot the warm air comes in the windows. I have a bedside small fan on my bedside unit which is on when needed so I never feel too hot.

Oldtone it's interesting what you say about arthritis pain as my pain has always been worse in winter with the cold and damp but this last week one hip and both knees have been painful making it sore to move about the house and manage the stairs. I was googling to see if that's normal with rheumatoid arthritis. That's been a downside for me though it's not unbearable pain, probably because I'm on strong pain meds anyway.

But sunshine and warmth does lift my mood generally, any life stresses happening not withstanding. We had months of daily rain for the first few months this year and that definitely caused my mood to lower and SAD is definitely a feature for me. I'm very thankful for my bedside fan though, I think I'd feel very differently about the weather if I didn't have it.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: lankou on 01 Jul 2018 09:11AM
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Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: oldtone27 on 01 Jul 2018 10:19AM
Iankou, the dog in your pick is definitely having its day.

Fiz, my mother had very bad arthritis in her knees and whilst it did seem worse than normal on cold damp days it seemed most acute when it was very hot. Mine doesn't seem very dependant on the weather and I am fortunate that much of the time it only gives me a little discomfort.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 01 Jul 2018 12:02PM
Want to be that dog! 

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One new building is 30C with fans on each desk and the windows open, some idiot hasn't reprogrammed the heating and it came on at 2.00 in the afternoon.

OMG.  Don't they have the common sense to turn the damn heating off at the mains during the summer months??

OldTone, I never thought of arthritis worsening in hot weather, always assumed it was cold and damp conditions that affected sufferers..
 
Fiz, at least you can get something positive out of it - I'm with Steve, especially regarding the sleeping at nights!  Though the last two have been better:  maybe we do sort of acclimatise to the heat if it's continuous for a week or more.  Although these hot spells don't tend to last longer than three weeks max (she says hopefully)
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Fiz on 01 Jul 2018 01:23PM
I'm going away tomorrow,  thankfully flying early so it'll be cool before the flight. We're going to the Vendee which I think follows our weather wrt whether it's sunny or rainy and only a couple of degrees hotter than here. There's a pool there so I can get in and out to cool off if my back is ok so I should be able to enjoy the sunshine all day outside being able to cool off. Think of the vitamin D load! But the return journey is flying at lunchtime so heat might not be great during the journey. I hope that all the passenger assistance organised actually happens, I will let you know when I return.

Typically I woke this morning to discover a wound is infected. I've given it a really good clean but experience tells me the sooner I'm on antibiotics the better. I've phoned 111 and asked if GP's do home visits bringing with them antibiotics and the answer was yes but only if pharmacies are closed. Otherwise they can only issue scripts and not dispense. As I can't get to a pharmacy and have no one who can help transport or collect the script and medication I'm hoping the doctor arrives after the pharmacies have closed whatever time that is. I did say to the doctor on the phone that if a doctor came to me but couldn't give me medication not to worry sending a doctor but he said he'd put me down for a home visit in the hope that by the time the doctor arrives here, pharmacies will have closed. Completely typical for me for this to happen on a Sunday, the day before I leave at 6am. I can't wait to have some form of transport. Anyway, absolutely none of that spiel had anything to do with the weather! What am I like, I just ramble on.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Fiz on 01 Jul 2018 08:23PM
Amazingly a doctor did visit and did prescribe me antibiotics and dispense them to me at home. I really am thankful for the NHS. I had heard it was possible to get a home visit from a doctor at weekends but hadn't realised you could get the medication at home as well. So I'm all sorted for my holiday now. See you in a week or so  >aeroplane<
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 01 Jul 2018 09:16PM
Phew, thank goodness for that, Fiz!  Have as stress-free a time as you can - and make the most of that pool...

The humidity has increased today;  forgot to mention that factor in my opening post  >doh<  So far the heat has been 'dry', now it isn't.  We had a rainstorm in the afternoon as well, but I only know that by the wet ground as I was snoozing at the time  ;-)  Mostly cloud cover today, but because of the mugginess, feels not much cooler  >erm<  Main factor for me is not thinking so clearly as usual and becoming more irritable - I can understand why animals get more lairy in the heat!  Hope the rest of you are staying as cool as you can...
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 02 Jul 2018 04:34PM
...well, it's so quiet here today I assume you all must have melted!!!
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: oldtone27 on 02 Jul 2018 06:46PM
Yesw it has been quiet. Have you had any of the rain hinted at for the west. Nothing here so far.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Monic1511 on 02 Jul 2018 07:20PM
Sitting with the laptop on my knee means additional heat so don't do it for long.

I was first in the office today, opened all the windows and then noticed that the radiator was hot - no controls on it to turn it down,  even the marble walls are warn - which is just weird.
That being said I like this weather as people are a bit happier. 

I hope you are all well and coping with the summer -  Its not a heatwave - its the season called summer, we are so used to not having a warm one that we call it a heatwave.  >lol< >lol< >lol<
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: lankou on 02 Jul 2018 07:41PM
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Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: SteveX on 02 Jul 2018 08:10PM
I've been using my blue inhaler 3x more than usual over the past week.  it's now on the verge of running out.
I do have one spare one but I hate opening that as I like to know I have a full spare one at any time should I need it.  I'm due to get my monthly prescription next week so I am going to ask/beg if they can give me two blue ones this month as I'm using it so much more with the heat. 
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 02 Jul 2018 09:22PM
You shouldn't have to beg, Steve - surely 'they' should realise how the heat is impacting on people like yourself!

OldTone - we did have enough rain yesterday to leave the odd puddle here and there, but nothing today whatsoever.  And none in the forecast for as far as I can see;  in fact, on the radio, I heard that this dry and hot weather will be continuing for another 2 - 3 weeks at least (but I don't want to think about that... one day at a time)  Does make one wonder though - hosepipe bans soon for the South-West?

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I hope you are all well and coping with the summer -  Its not a heatwave - its the season called summer, we are so used to not having a warm one that we call it a heatwave.  >lol< >lol< >lol<

Monic, how right you are  >biggrin< - will just have to imagine rolling in ice like Lankou's dog!  (my brain is so fried, I can't even bring to mind which breed it is  >erm<)
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: ally on 02 Jul 2018 10:49PM
Steve, I have at least three inhalers for back up.  I use both brown and blue.  The heat is getting to me too.  Ask your GP for more inhalers.  Being hospitalised with a severe asthma attack due to the lack of inhalers isn't worth the risk.  There's been no respite from the heat  here.  The lush grass near by, now looks  like brown scrub land.  We have lots more different varieties  of  birds in the garden too.  They enjoy the fountain, and the water  we provide. I'm hoping there's no hospipe ban here.  The pond we have is Still full of tadpoles.  Although they've got their legs, they're not ready to leave yet.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Monic1511 on 03 Jul 2018 09:35PM
I know the summer has hit several of you very hard and there's footie on tonight BUT I hope you are all well and still ticking over  >bighugs<
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 04 Jul 2018 08:50PM
Footie?  What game was that, then?  ;-)

We've actually had some substantial rain during the late morning, and a cooler day all round today!  Has anyone else enjoyed a bit of a respite from the unrelenting 'joys' of summer?
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: SteveX on 05 Jul 2018 12:53AM
Footie?  What game was that, then?  ;-)

We've actually had some substantial rain during the late morning, and a cooler day all round today!  Has anyone else enjoyed a bit of a respite from the unrelenting 'joys' of summer?

No rain here for a week now.. today has been just as hot as ever and still no one can explain to me why the heck it's so much hotter in my room at night?!

oh and to hell with the football  >devil<
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: oldtone27 on 05 Jul 2018 06:26PM
We managed about 3 spots over 5 minutes yesterday. Didn't even wet the pavemit. Today was slightly fresher especially in the afternoon in Weymouth. Sunny evening but no breeze so a bit sticky.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Monic1511 on 05 Jul 2018 07:44PM
I forgot to mention but yesterday I was speaking to a DWP worker and while she was looking at the screen the tannoy announcer started with this message "DWP staff are reminded that there is a dress code and all staff should dress in business attire,  despite the heat swimwear and beach wear are not appropriate"  >lol< >lol< >lol<  I laughed and said to the lady surely your staff don't need to be told that, she apologised that I had heard it and said someone had been sent home for turning up in swimming trunks.   That would be an assault on your visual senses if any of my workmates tried that. >runforthehills<
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Big Muff on 05 Jul 2018 08:43PM
ah that was probably due to the long running saga of female staff being allowed to ignore the dress code whilst male staff have to adhere to it.
The original dress code got  scrapped as the JCP lost employment tribunals as men proved that women were allowed to flaunt the code whilst they had to wear a proper shirt tie etc.Theoretically anyone turning up to sign on had to be ready to attend a job interview there and then so they too should be dressed in similar style.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 05 Jul 2018 09:24PM
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....someone had been sent home for turning up in swimming trunks.

 >lol< >lol< oh, the mind-movie I now have...

Big Muff, I never knew that!

Rather humid here as well, OldTone - any mild activity brings one out in a sweat.  Yuk  >thumbsdown<
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: oldtone27 on 06 Jul 2018 03:00PM
Lovely morning sailing in Poole Harbour. I say sailing but given very light wind and contrary tide it was more like drifting. Nonetheless very relaxing.

A little light cloud has taken the intensity off the sun now.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 06 Jul 2018 09:19PM
Sounds delightful, OldTone!  But brace yourself, there's another three days of climbing temperatures to come  >crying< 

Dad gave me a tip he'd heard on the TV which seems wonderful in its simplicity - if you have a hot water bottle, fill it with cold water and take it to bed so you can cool your feet off on it!
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: oldtone27 on 07 Jul 2018 11:01AM
Another TV tip went a little further and put ice in the hot water bottle. I don't have a hot water bottle, but so far I have been managing reasonably well at night.

I had my haircut this morning so that might help.

I bought myself a nice big bag of large ice cubes for 1. I know I can make my own, but I find I usually spill half the tray between tap and freezer and then have a struggle to get them out of the tray. Only problem with the bags is you sometimes have to whack them with a mallet to break them up if they have been in the freezer a while. I still find them less hassle overall.

Happy chilling.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: neurochick on 08 Jul 2018 04:56PM
Best and easiest way to break up the lumps in the bags of ice from the supermarket is simply to drop or smash the bag against the tiles on your kitchen floor or your back door step/patio.  Works even once the bag is open so long as you hold the open end of the bag so you don't lose the cubes!!!
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: oldtone27 on 08 Jul 2018 07:58PM
That's certainly one method, but my kitchen has a suspended timber floor with cushioned tiles so the bags merely bounce. Either method would be good for frustrations. A
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Norrin Radd on 08 Jul 2018 10:45PM
I've been sweating like crazy, but I'm able to get out more. I went into a supermarket the other day and it was so nice and cool. I could have wept with joy.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 09 Jul 2018 05:04PM
Know that feeling, Norrin - I suspect a good few shoppers are lurking more than usual near the chilled food sections!

The perspiring side of it is driving me nuts, though  >thumbsdown<  Not being clean body-wise is a trigger for me, so the heat has certainly ... presented its challenges.  I'm just about staying 'nice to know', anyway  :-)  But - this might be Too Much Information - my poor old underarms are sore from the more frequent shaving, washing, applying and re-applying deodorant  >erm<  Please let there be a break in this hot spell soon  >x-fingers<
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Fiz on 09 Jul 2018 07:11PM
Has it been hot? You should have all come to Nantes with me! One whole 24 hours of down pouring rain, cloudy spells and sunny spells other days. Yesterday was the nicest day of the lot with white puffs of clouds not appearing until 3pm. But I lay on a lovely sun lounger by the pool. They've inserted a roman steps style ladder with sturdy side rails so I could get in and out of the pool okay. I'd worried because in the photos both ladders look like normal vertical ladders and I wouldn't have managed that. So every 30 minutes and I was in the refreshing pool which was the perfect temperature, no chill as you get in or when you put your shoulders under but so refreshing you never got cold if you didn't move around so I could just float on my back for ages. The night before last in our twin bedded annexe I felt I wouldn't sleep due to mugginess so switched on the air con on for the night. Once my friend had discovered the air con she wanted it on whenever we were there and it costs 3p per minute to run and so I'd only decided to use it only when necessary as the charity had given us the accommodation and use of the park for free.  But it did make the nights easier. So I'm home, warm and muggy but all clothes washed. I've no idea what's what here in the UK as I had no data on my phone so a quick glance at Facebook is telling me there's speculation May will go. Is Wimbledon on? I'm just thinking of them in this heat.

I hope it stays hot only because I've no tasks to be done and I have a bedside fan. I want to preserve my tan more than my usual week.

In Nantes our temperature was 3-4% cooler than yours but we had the pool to make it all seemed heavenly. There was an amazing water slide which looked amazing but my back was really painful all week so I daren't risk it, one jolt and I'd scream and it wouldn't be with excitement! 

Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: SteveX on 09 Jul 2018 08:12PM
My inside room temp over the last 3 days has been 28-31.  I feel like I'm cooking slowly, can't even have a fan on as my cat runs and hides from it.   

is there any end of this in sight?  even 1-2 days at a lower temp would give me a break from this right now.  its so hot not only am I struggling to sleep but I can barely do my daily jobs as the heat is soaking what little energy I have.  I see people on TV loving this heat and I'm thinking, my god how can you enjoy it, it's torture.

Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Fiz on 09 Jul 2018 08:27PM
I suspect that if you left the fan on Steve, that cat would get used to it
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 09 Jul 2018 09:15PM
Am inclined to agree there, Fiz.  My Cindy hated the Hoover, but that wasn't going to stop me using it, she just had to put up with it!  You can't pander to them too much, Steve.  Especially at a time like this..

Sounds like you had a great break, Fiz, thanks for making us all jealous  >biggrin<
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: SteveX on 09 Jul 2018 09:55PM
When I first bought it (the fan) I had it on all day and she hid all day, same the following day, hid all day.   as much as I want to cool down, I don't want her to suffer.  love her <3
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Fiz on 10 Jul 2018 12:35PM
Maybe put it on but nowhere near you so the cat gets used to the sound then gradually move it closer and closer each day. Is it a quiet fan? Mine is virtually silent and very small and there are no blades going round on my type. This is the one I've got https://www.amazon.co.uk/Airforce-Mini-Tower-Silver-Effect/dp/B001QB3U3Q
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: oldtone27 on 10 Jul 2018 01:56PM
One possible problem is that the fan emits a whine outside the human audible range but is disturbing to the cat. Even 'silent' fans can be troublesome. Usually fans that shift a high volume of air at low speed are better, Unfortunately most are quite expensive.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Fiz on 11 Jul 2018 10:13AM
Yes my fan has adjustable speeds and I only use the lowest setting. Certainly my cats never minded it at all though I realise every cat is different.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Fiz on 19 Jul 2018 06:56AM
Are people still finding it hot? I haven't been hot at all for ages and I'm surprised to see people still talking about a heatwave. Recently the days down here have been cloudy so maybe with the sun not getting through it's much cooler in the south than the places where people are finding the temperature too high if the sun is visible there. I'd like some blue sky and sunshine really.  >Sun<
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 19 Jul 2018 07:15AM
Not hot here either in my part of the South West at the moment, but it seems like we get a few days of cooler weather and then things get a little too warm again - mostly over the weekends.  Again we have a forecast of up to 27C between this coming Friday and Monday:  not looking forward to that after the respite... It's a mere 22C in my home at the moment, if it could stay like that I'd be quite happy!  With the arrival of lower temperatures I have had more energy and felt more like Doing Jobs Around the Place, so caught up on a few chores yesterday while I could...

We desperately need rain, though.  Everything looks so parched, no wonder there are comparisons with the drought of 1976 (who was around to remember that?)
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Fiz on 19 Jul 2018 09:19AM
Me. I lived in a seaside town in East Sussex then and 3 people died of heatstroke on the beach that summer  :-(. And the swarms of ladybirds were astonishing I'd never seen more than 2 or 3 at once before so to see hundreds was weird and they were in flight not sat on leaves.

I loved that summer, my mother was a nurse at a boarding school for severely asthmatic boys and after school my sister and I would walk there with our swimming stuff and our Mum would unlock the swimming pool hut and let us in and we'd swim and dive for teaspoons in the deep end for ages. It seemed like hours. Teenage boys would peep through holes in the hut wall to ogles girls in swimsuits which was funny.

I love the heat and the sun. I'd like to live in Australia or Florida.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: oldtone27 on 19 Jul 2018 09:37AM
Whilst it has been a little cooler, or less hot, the past few days it remains stubbornly dry. Apparently Poole Harbour has had less that 2% of its normal rainfall in the last few weeks at 1mm.

I think that was the 5 minutes of drips we had a couple of Wednesdays ago. Sum total of rain I have seen recently. Didn't even dampen the ground.

Unlike Fiz I don't like it hot. At least not above 25C.

I was around in 1976 and remember it being hot and dry but nothing very special. I was commuting at the time and do recall the trains being delayed due to bent rails and such.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Monic1511 on 19 Jul 2018 08:06PM
The Isle of Lewis had been enjoying the heatwave and the One show decided to visit.  So typically it started raining. Typical.

I have a day off tomorrow & rain is forecast  >steam<
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Fiz on 20 Jul 2018 04:07PM
My sister said it was raining in East Sussex today but it hasn't here. It was showers forecast today and tomorrow so we'll see whether rain appears. I've been out in the garden today and it's fairly cool. Cloudy again though. Sunshine please! (Not the one on sabbatical having a well earned rest)
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: huhn on 20 Jul 2018 04:54PM
come over here, today nice with only 35 and  some wind.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 20 Jul 2018 08:14PM
Only 35??  >yikes< I start melting ten degrees lower than that!  Mind you, it's more of a 'dry' heat in Cyprus, isn't it?  Over here we get more of the horrid, sticky humid conditions which make the temperatures feel higher than they actually are..

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Apparently Poole Harbour has had less that 2% of its normal rainfall in the last few weeks at 1mm.

Don't worry, OldTone.  When you finally get it... I'm sure you'll really get it  ;-)  If there's one thing the British weather is good at overall, it's producing wetness ...

My sister said it was raining in East Sussex today but it hasn't here. It was showers forecast today and tomorrow so we'll see whether rain appears. I've been out in the garden today and it's fairly cool. Cloudy again though. Sunshine please! (Not the one on sabbatical having a well earned rest)

I'm glad you clarified that last line or I might have thought you'd had enough of me standing in  >biggrin<  We've just had some rain, I almost didn't believe it when I heard it!  Maybe just about enough to give the gardeners a break from the watering this evening  >Darkcloudraining<

More wretched heat on the way in the next three days.  It has to end soon, this is not seasonal!!!!
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: huhn on 21 Jul 2018 06:29AM
up in the mountains is it dry with most of the time a little breeze , but sometimes it can be very  humid, with horrible  thick fogs in the morning.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: oldtone27 on 21 Jul 2018 10:08AM
When I went out to the car this morning I found a sprinkling of water drops on it. I wasn't sure if it had rained overnight.

However on the road I noticed just a couple of small puddles so I supposed it must have, although the road and pavements were otherwise dry.

Still hot and sunny with no cloud at present.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Fiz on 23 Jul 2018 07:19AM
We haven't had a cloudless day here for weeks. Today looks like it might be but I've taken a picolax as I've run out of my normal laxatives so I'm not sure how much of the outside I will see today. Or downstairs even. New meds being delivered today, I just hope I'm "available" to take them from the driver and sign for the morphine  >doh< 
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: bulekingfisher on 27 Jul 2018 09:56AM
Hello Kizzy Kazaer

Here in Kippax Leeds West Yorkshire we had a little rain last night + at breakfast time we had thunder, lightening + heavy rain. Yesterday I got a brand new manual wheelchair I chose an electric blue frame. Leg rests that fold back against the wheels  arm rests that fold back +b a big table that easily slide's on the arm rests. I'm very glad I paid for the extra add on's. I could  of had a black bog standard N.H.S job free of charge.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: ATurtle on 27 Jul 2018 12:25PM
Heatwaves, strangely the "arthritis" is still as bad, wonder if it's the humidity or the fact that the granddaughter wants to go out and run me ragged?

I agree Kizzy, this heat would be OK if it weren't for the humidity.  My aunt, who lives near Torremolinos told me yesterday that their temperature was only 5 degrees higher, but the humidity was a third of ours, why can't I win the Euromillions?
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Fiz on 27 Jul 2018 01:31PM
Do you actually do the European lottery? I guess we'll be leaving it next year?!

Cloudy here yet again but very muggy. I could really do with a swimming pool so float around in, roman steps 'n all.

Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: oldtone27 on 27 Jul 2018 02:25PM
Hot, but with a good cooling breeze. Very pleasant out of direct sunlight. A some cloud but no sign of rain, although I thought I did hear one distant rumble of thunder this morning.

My arthritis not as bad as a couple of weeks ago even though I usually find it worse in the heat.

If you mean the Euromillions lottery I don't think it is dependant on the EU so Brexit shouldn't affect it. Assuming I understand you correctly.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 27 Jul 2018 04:58PM
Some mixed fortunes with arthritis sufferers, it would seem... ATurtle, regarding your granddaughter, are you ever amazed at how children seem to retain their energy when we adults are wilting  >confused<

Just waiting now for the rain we've been forecast for the weekend, especially on Sunday - heavy with strong winds and down to 18 - 19C, would you believe it.   Positively autumnal... if it happens!  Still, you're not too far from me, OldTone, so if you've had a bit of thunder, things could be changing in the South-West at least  >x-fingers<

Fiz, I don't know about a swimming pool, I'd welcome the whole sea right now  >biggrin<
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: oldtone27 on 27 Jul 2018 06:18PM
Nothing further on the thunder front, not even any rain. A bit overcast and humid indoors although good breeze outside. Not clear whether rain is expected here.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: oldtone27 on 28 Jul 2018 10:31AM
We had some rain last night, but again only enough for a few drops on the car and the odd puddle, otherwise the roads are dry. Nothing like the storms others seem to have had.

However, it is a lot cooler this morning with a strong breeze. Very pleasant after all that heat.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 28 Jul 2018 11:30AM
The wet stuff might be wending its way towards you even as I type, OldTone - we've just had a huge shower with more to come as the day progresses... Never thought I'd be so pleased to see rain!!

...and it's now a mere 21.5C in my home.  Carry on like this and it'll be on with the central heating  >lol<
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: oldtone27 on 28 Jul 2018 11:33AM
Currently 23.8c indoors and 18c outside. Ideal.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 28 Jul 2018 11:40AM
And even cooler tomorrow, apparently  >thumbsup<

Dunno about you other peeps, but I have certainly felt my energy levels rise as the temperature falls - was actually feeling up to tackling a few little household jobs yesterday in the late afternoon, when it's normally been too hot at that time of day to do much other than flop around!
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Fiz on 28 Jul 2018 12:34PM
Only 15 here today and a very cool breeze. I've put the duvet back on the bed, I've been sleeping without any cover for 2-3 weeks.

I wonder if this is the end of the heatwave this year.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: oldtone27 on 28 Jul 2018 01:00PM
Forecast for these parts is generally cooler and wetter for the next few days then gradually warming later in the week. Not quite to 30c though.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: lankou on 28 Jul 2018 01:39PM
The forecast here on the most Southerly Point tomorrow is we are all doomed.

(https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/images/1431754652784-mullion-wave-for-web.jpg)

Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Fiz on 29 Jul 2018 09:03AM
You must be neighbours with a close friend of mine then lankou as they live very close to the most southerly point in Britain.

It's chucking it down now. The ground needed it I know, but I didn't. 
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: lankou on 29 Jul 2018 09:14AM
You must be neighbours with a close friend of mine then lankou as they live very close to the most southerly point in Britain.

It's chucking it down now. The ground needed it I know, but I didn't.

I live within 700 yards of the Most Southerly point.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: oldtone27 on 29 Jul 2018 09:20AM
At last some proper rain this morning. Not a deluge but steady with a stiff breeze. Lovely as long as is doesn't carry on too long.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 31 Jul 2018 05:20PM
Lankou, I wouldn't like to have been caught outside in that  >yikes<

We had a Sunday of almost constant wind and rain, as the weather folk said, but guess what.  This coming Friday to Monday, we're going to see 27C - 29C again.. just when I thought it was all over  >crying<  Oh well, the days of 'respite' are good to have - actually had goosebumps on my bare arms this morning!
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: SteveX on 31 Jul 2018 08:09PM
Last couple of days here have been fine and although I hear the heat is coming back, it was nice to have a break from it, even if it was only two days.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 03 Aug 2018 09:22PM
We should complain - see what Europe's getting and how it's affecting things from zoo animal feeding to Brussel sprout growth:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-45054964
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: oldtone27 on 04 Aug 2018 09:38AM
Had some visitors for a couple of days so spent quite a bit of time on the beach at Sandbanks. Better than the Costas I think.

28c but with a pleasant breeze and lots of factor 50.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Monic1511 on 04 Aug 2018 07:38PM
Just very grateful that I'm not in Portugal - one of my workmates went to Portugal for holiday last week.
Its dull and clamy where I am just now
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: JLR2 on 04 Aug 2018 08:23PM
As I sit here typing I'm waiting from a call from my friend in Berlin who is at a hospital in Berlin where Her father is a patient. My friend's father is 96 and for a few weeks was settling into a local carehome. He had been moved there from a nearby hospital where he had been being treated. He was hardly in the carehome when he was rushed back to the hospital suffering pneumonia, it would seem he was moved to the carehome too soon. Following a carehome staff member becoming concerned yesterday about my friend's father's health and calling in the home's doctor he was returned to the hospital having been diagnosed with pneumonia again. This with a man with very poor kidney function coming on top of the heatwave been experienced in Europe makes things scary for my friend, she has been advised by the nurses at the hospital that her father might not be with us much longer.

For me I feel really awkward as with my having just returned from Berlin recently I cannot return anytime soon and I'm not sure at all what help I can be for my friend given all I can do just now is talk via the phone. It is horrible feeling so utterly useless.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: JLR2 on 04 Aug 2018 08:48PM
Just spoken with my friend, she told me she will stay over night at the hospital and that a nurse has explained to her that her father will probably pass away tonight.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: auntieCtheM on 04 Aug 2018 08:56PM
*hugs*
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: JLR2 on 04 Aug 2018 09:12PM
Thanks Auntie.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: JLR2 on 05 Aug 2018 08:24AM
My friend's father passed away just before midnight  :-(
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Fiz on 05 Aug 2018 10:26AM
 >bighugs<  I'm pleased he was somewhere where he could receive 24/7 care. I'm sorry that you're worrying about not being able to fully support your friend. Do you talk via skype or facetime?

Thinking of you all.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Fiz on 05 Aug 2018 10:33AM
Feels hard going back to heatwaves after such sad news   :-(

I never thought I'd ever say this but the last 48 hours have been too hot for me. I've struggled to sleep. The coolest my bedroom gets is 25 at night and despite no covers at all and a bedside fan I've not been able to sleep. A few more days of this yet and I really want to blitz half my house, I could only manage a half hour yesterday. How do people manage to work in this?

I've heard sandbanks is lovely oldtone. Can you park close to the beach?
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: oldtone27 on 05 Aug 2018 11:27AM
Sandbanks is a peninsular separating Poole Harbour from Poole Bay. There are seven miles of soft clean sand (Blue Flag for umpteen years) stretching to Bournemouth, Boscombe and beyond. The beach has a gentle slope so access is easy except its hard work walking across the dry sand. It is really soft. Bathing is safe with lifeguards as long one stays away from the tidal run near the entrance to the harbour.

There are a couple of car parks right next to the beach plus a half mile or more of metered street parking, so there is plenty of it. However at peak times it can still be difficult to find a space. On Thursday both car parks were full in the afternoon, but luckily I managed to find a street place just as someone pulled out.

One Friday we went down in the late afternoon as some people were starting to leave so found space in the main car park. Only 50yds from the beach.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 05 Aug 2018 09:19PM
Sounds absolutely delightful, OldTone - I am green with envy (but we don't appear to have a smiley for that!)  What I'd really like to do is have a swim in the sea - during this level of hot weather, the normally chilly waters of Britain do warm up enough to make it bearable and even desirable.  It's the thought of actually travelling to the coast that puts me off  >erm<

Fiz, your bedroom sounds like mine - and indeed sleep becomes a problem, especially if we have a muggy type of heat.  Roll on autumn, say I...
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: SteveX on 06 Aug 2018 06:20PM
Seems the heat has returned with a vengence, my living room temp is  28.9c right now and seems to be getting hotter.
I don't usually begrudge people having a nice summer but this one is really testing my patience, I'll be happy to see the end of it.

Roll on Autumn
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 08 Aug 2018 09:25PM
Strewth, Steve, your place has obviously been even more uncomfortable than mine...

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I don't usually begrudge people having a nice summer but this one is really testing my patience, I'll be happy to see the end of it.

Exactly how I've been feeling about it - and it seems (touch wood) that finally we might be seeing a more permanent return to sensible weather;  been raining here hard and steady since about 7:30 pm, hoo-jolly-ray and about time too!  Hope cooler conditions are finding the rest of you  >x-fingers<
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Fiz on 09 Aug 2018 07:41AM
Very cool here today. I suspect I shall still go out in my short shorts as they're he least painful item of clothing to put on my lower half! That's been one thing I've been enjoying during the hot weather.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: oldtone27 on 09 Aug 2018 11:14AM
Very slight drizzle, the first rain since the damp Sunday a week or so back. Hasn't lasted long though.

It is pleasantly cool with light overcast. One can breath again.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: oldtone27 on 10 Aug 2018 02:47PM
At last some actual rain. Not particularly heavy, but a succession of showers sufficient to wet the ground. Actually smells damp when I poke my nose out of the door.

Cloudy bright so I think we may get some more yet.
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 10 Aug 2018 06:18PM
It does seem (and hope I'm not tempting fate) that the heatwave has pushed off for the foreseeable future... how nice not to have to spend so much time on dealing with its effects, not to mention the pleasure of sleeping under my duvet again!
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Monic1511 on 10 Aug 2018 07:32PM
JLR2 - I hope your friend is coping and that you are not too stressed by doing the long distance version of supportive friend.  >hugs<
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 13 Aug 2018 04:45PM
Yes, I hope you and your friend are coping as best as you can, JLR..

Now into Week 2 of cooler weather, but it has to be said - still rather muggy, which makes it feel warmer than it actually is.  Plenty of rain around in these parts, though, already can see the grass in the local park is looking much greener! 

Apparently the heat will be back at the end of the month and spilling into September, but with the nights pulling in noticeably now and the time of year it is, I don't imagine it will be anything as awful as what we endured from June onwards.  Still enjoying being able to use my duvet to cover myself in bed, and energy levels pretty good  >thumbsup< - those of you who were suffering, do you feel better than you did?
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Fiz on 13 Aug 2018 07:20PM
I always wonder how forecasters can say what'll be happening weather wise in 2 weeks time?
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 21 Aug 2018 05:26PM
Two weeks?  They seem to think they know what we're going to get in two months!!

They've been right about the past five days or so, anyway - very humid (and up to 24C in my home).  Yesterday evening I partook of a second bath before turning in, and out came the 'heat sheet' again, duvet being pushed to the bottom of the bed until further notice...
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Monic1511 on 21 Aug 2018 09:27PM
Kizzy
its been 14c here and my heating came on overnight as the house got too cold.  Typical of British weather  >lol<
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 26 Aug 2018 08:49PM
More specifically, Scottish weather - 14C is a mild winter temperature for us  >biggrin<

Have been very happy to dig out my hot water bottle again for the last few nights..  Feeling rather autumnal right now after some wind and rain most of today, but not complaining!
Title: Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
Post by: Fiz on 27 Aug 2018 07:36AM
It was 14 here a couple of days back too, on the south coast of England.  Very definitely cooler now, I have closed the two large windows in my bedroom and now just have one small windows open. Summer, please come back..