It was 35C here today, a day we spent at Legoland (a theme park) with two kids and three adults. We spent what seemed like the large part of the day standing in queues in the hot sun, despite which we had a fab time.
In the entire 10 years I lived here, there were about two days of equivalent hotness, whereas most of the past three weeks have been what the tabloids would describe as "a scorcher". Climate change has already happenned.
Cars here don't seem to have caught onto that fact - they don't have air conditioning. I'm not complaining about that - I complain often about the prevalence of air con. I'm just noting it as a factoid. Cars here seem to have very good heating systems, but not even cool fans. (I'm making this sweeping statement based on co-parent's father's newish Rover, which we're using.) Coaches also don't appear to have air con - I've been in one and seen another one where the driver opened a window to let in a breeze. Not something which would happen in Australia, where interiors are chilled.
Other details noted by me: runners (ie persons who jog) don't wear fancy running gear. They often run in long sweatpants, even on hot days. And ordinary old t-shirts. I assume this is because they are used to mainly running in cold weather. Runners in Australia tend to wear lycra-ish shorts and sleeveless vests with sporty logos on them.
The same with cyclists. It's wonderful to see the range of people on bicycles here. I immediately noticed how many older women (my category now) were to be seen on bikes. I'm lucky if I see two other women a day in Sydney. And all the men there are in Tour de France lookalike gear. (I'm not.) Here people cycle in their ordinary clothes as it is an ordinary activity. I like that a lot.
Perhaps I would also notice this at a theme park in Australia (I don't often - actually never - go to theme parks there, so I don't know), but there were a lot of large people at Legoland. I begin in comparison to feel quite slender (which according to my BMI, I am not.) (Actually, I'm at the high end of a normal BMI. So not slender, but not large either.) It seems that the obesity epidemic has already happenned too.
Legoland is at Windsor, which prompted Olle to say that the name comes from "a windy day, so you fly a kite which soars".