Thanks to this heatwave: it's so hot, my work laptop is having a meltdown.

(Everything was so stuttery and slow earlier, then it eventually hardlocked and wouldn't boot. When it finally booted back up, I checked the temperatures and it hovers around 80 to 90°C with max fans. 😱)

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@garrett I'm baffled as to why a 40 degrees peak is "a hot summer's day" here and in Europe it's the Apocalypse. What are the other factors at play? Houses engineered to trap the heat? Electronics getting exposed to sweating nudity and they can't emotionally handle it? Lack of fans and ACs?

@Saroufim It's also not even possible to retroactively add air conditioning in many homes.

It would be impossible in the apartment I'm in, for example.

I'm not talking about central air, but portable AC units. They wouldn't work with the windows we have and the rooms are basically just one big space. But this is my apartment and not not necessarily typical, except for the windows.

And it's not even the worst here; UK had it worse than here and Spain and Italy has it even worse than the UK.

@Saroufim Additionally, the plants and animals outside expect certain patters of weather throughout the year due to their species living with that over many thousands of years. When it's almost suddenly different, in an extreme way, they can't cope.

That's why a desert with dry heat hitting these temperatures routinely is OK, but Europe is (even literally) up in flames. Dry plants are kindling.

(This is in addition to humans not having coping mechanisms like air conditioning.)

@garrett here's what we do: we open a door on one end of the house and then place a fan facing inwards a few feet away on the inside. Then we would open another door/window that is facing the one we previously opened and we would place a fan in front of it and we would direct it towards the outside. This would create an air current to keep a large room cool.

@garrett Also, dont shy away from having ice cream and refrigerated watermelon, avoid synthetic fibers and wear breathable fabrics like cotton. Puffy shirts are better than tight fit ones. Use sunscreen every now and then to avoid burns which can make you feel even more hot and shower twice a day. Make sure to wear bright colors that reflect the sunlight. Change your clothes often. This is all the advice I can give. Hang in there

@garrett air conditioning? Sure. Electricity? Nope. We're kind of in the same boat.

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