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2013-07-22 07:05:16 AM
Brits are why myths of vampires exploding into flames in sunlight exist.
 
2013-07-22 07:09:46 AM
So they write an article about calling off an activity because it is too hot, but then they don't report how hot it actually was.  That's some fine reporting.
 
2013-07-22 07:13:14 AM
Why is that silly?  Here in Atlanta, it seems like every August there is at least one teenager who dies or at least goes to the hospital for heat exhaustion during football practice.

Strenuous activity + hot weather + dehydration is a seriously bad combination.
 
2013-07-22 07:13:54 AM
89 in the sun? fark that, I'm staying indoors too.
 
2013-07-22 07:14:36 AM
Why do you have school in the middle of the summer?
 
2013-07-22 07:15:10 AM

SpacemanSpoof: Why is that silly?  Here in Atlanta, it seems like every August there is at least one teenager who dies or at least goes to the hospital for heat exhaustion during football practice.

Strenuous activity + hot weather + dehydration is a seriously bad combination.



The silly part is that it looks like it got all the way up into the low 80s that day. So, basically missing the "hot weather" part of that equation.
 
2013-07-22 07:17:56 AM
Given the obsession with the royals, maybe it was a lame excuse to watch the Telly for Kate Birth News.
 
2013-07-22 07:18:06 AM
Given the heatwave currently roasting Britain I don't blame the schools.  Air conditioning is rare in the UK, so they're having problems just keeping the sedentary kids cool.
 
2013-07-22 07:18:42 AM
Submitted by a Farker, e.g. someone who hasn't left his parents' air conditioned basement in 20 years.
 
2013-07-22 07:24:03 AM

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: Given the heatwave currently roasting Britain I don't blame the schools.  Air conditioning is rare in the UK, so they're having problems just keeping the sedentary kids cool.


The school uniforms are often not ideal for a heatwave either.
 
2013-07-22 07:24:26 AM

SpacemanSpoof: Why is that silly?  Here in Atlanta, it seems like every August there is at least one teenager who dies or at least goes to the hospital for heat exhaustion during football practice.

Strenuous activity + hot weather + dehydration is a seriously bad combination.


Bullshiat.  The little weasels need to toughen the fark up.  It's not as if the little snowflakes were ill because of the heat, was it?

FTA:
Children at the school had been sick and suffered nosebleeds due to the heat.

Oh.
 
2013-07-22 07:33:20 AM

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: Given the heatwave currently roasting Britain I don't blame the schools.  Air conditioning is rare in the UK, so they're having problems just keeping the sedentary kids cool.

The school uniforms are often not ideal for a heatwave either.


Wouldn't they suspend those for a sport day?  I mean, I assume they don't play the egg toss in a wool blazer and tie...

/'murrica
 
2013-07-22 07:34:00 AM
Why is this silly? Better than a sad tag after a death
 
2013-07-22 07:34:26 AM
This is why you lost India.
 
2013-07-22 07:34:45 AM
Ah the London Sillynannies are at it again.
 
2013-07-22 07:35:57 AM
Uh, having just gotten back from volunteering at a camp for a week, heat is not something you fark around with. Keep in mind you can't look at *just* the temperature-you have to consider the humidity as well (which is why Heat Index is more useful than temperature), since higher humidity means it's harder for people to regulate their temperature.

Hydration, and overheating, can be a serious, serious issue.
 
2013-07-22 07:37:34 AM
From the weather channel website:
"...the death toll for the first nine days of the heat wave as between 540 and 760 people in England alone. [...] The country experienced the hottest day of the year so far on Wednesday, with temperatures hitting 89.9 degrees Fahrenheit."

Hahahaha. What?! That's a cold Summer night where I'm from.

Also, why is the royal baby getting more new coverage than 700 dead people?  Priorities are seriously out of order over there.
 
2013-07-22 07:41:15 AM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: This is why you lost India.


It's hotter today in London than it is in Chennai.

We are absolutely crap at both hot weather and snow (it's like we built our entire infrastructure around a damp, temperate climate or something), but this is an elementary school cancelling competitive events when the temperatures have been in the 90s. Seems like a pretty weak target for mockery.

/I know, welcome to Fark
 
2013-07-22 07:42:13 AM
i.dailymail.co.uk

You wouldn't want the grease puddle on the cricket field after somebody like this was playing.
 
2013-07-22 07:42:33 AM

Felgraf: Uh, having just gotten back from volunteering at a camp for a week, heat is not something you fark around with. Keep in mind you can't look at *just* the temperature-you have to consider the humidity as well (which is why Heat Index is more useful than temperature), since higher humidity means it's harder for people to regulate their temperature.

Hydration, and overheating, can be a serious, serious issue.


Thanks for that informative and insightful comment.   Is there anyone who doesn't know all of these things?   Lighten up Francis, you're not the Heat Index Police.
 
2013-07-22 07:47:41 AM
AC has been around since around 1915. WTF!
 
2013-07-22 07:50:32 AM

Deep Contact: AC has been around since around 1915. WTF!


The wonders of American ingenuity - A/C that works outdoors.
 
2013-07-22 07:50:41 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Why do you have school in the middle of the summer?


Because their school system is no longer based on the demands of a 19th century agrarian economy. We should be be doing the same here in the states considering how much time is wasted on review following the summer break.
 
2013-07-22 07:51:03 AM

SpacemanSpoof: Why is that silly?  Here in Atlanta, it seems like every August there is at least one teenager who dies or at least goes to the hospital for heat exhaustion during football practice.

Strenuous activity + hot weather + dehydration is a seriously bad combination.


Britain has summer weather similar to portland, maine.
 
2013-07-22 07:51:51 AM

WhiskeyBoy: From the weather channel website:
"...the death toll for the first nine days of the heat wave as between 540 and 760 people in England alone. [...] The country experienced the hottest day of the year so far on Wednesday, with temperatures hitting 89.9 degrees Fahrenheit."

Hahahaha. What?! That's a cold Summer night where I'm from.


Wiki:
the south and south-east of England have the warmest summers (15.5 °C (59.9 °F) to 17.7 °C (63.9 °F))

The temperature is almost twice the summer average. I'm willing to bet that where you live people are used to those temperatures, and you probably have those temperatures with a lower humidity as well.

Also, why is the royal baby getting more new coverage than 700 dead people?  Priorities are seriously out of order over there.

The same reason no-one reports on people dying from the seasonal flu.
 
2013-07-22 07:53:53 AM

Monkeyhouse Zendo: AverageAmericanGuy: Why do you have school in the middle of the summer?

Because their school system is no longer based on the demands of a 19th century agrarian economy. We should be be doing the same here in the states considering how much time is wasted on review following the summer break.


I'm sorry. America is the best country in the world. We've got "amber waves of grain" right there in our national anthem. We're not going to change just because some kids live in the city.

Maybe you can take your America-hating ass over to Europe where you can find like-minded individuals.
 
2013-07-22 07:57:38 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: I'm sorry. America is the best country in the world. We've got "amber waves of grain" right there in our national anthem. We're not going to change just because some kids live in the city.

Maybe you can take your America-hating ass over to Europe where you can find like-minded individuals.


0/10 -  Barely motivated enough to tell you that you suck at your job.
 
2013-07-22 08:01:11 AM
30 degrees celsius = 87 degrees F. Do people really die from that? How? Thats a perfect day in TX.
 
2013-07-22 08:03:27 AM

DerAppie: The same reason no-one reports on people dying from the seasonal flu.


The seasonal flu kills plenty of people every year.
A "heat wave" of  almost 90F killing almost a thousand people in the UK is not an annual thing.
 
2013-07-22 08:04:48 AM
Here in Maine it has been 90+ and high humidity or thunderstorms and rain.
Highly oppressive, but at least we scoot to a local store and get AC pretty cheap.
That is unseasonably warm for here and people are not acclimated.

For people who don't think that is hot (90+), what do you think is cold? Because it can also reach -40 here. a 130 degree temp swing between seasons. When you might be putting on a snowmobile suit to stay warm, we might be in a long sleeve shirt, pants, and a wool cap.
 
2013-07-22 08:08:05 AM

poe_zlaw: 30 degrees celsius = 87 degrees F. Do people really die from that? How? Thats a perfect day in TX.


It's sad that perfection in Texas is so crappy.  That does help explain why you're so proud of yourselves, despite nobody else around the world actually envying you, though.
 
2013-07-22 08:11:12 AM
How many times are we going to have this thread?
 
2013-07-22 08:11:26 AM

SlothB77: SpacemanSpoof: Why is that silly?  Here in Atlanta, it seems like every August there is at least one teenager who dies or at least goes to the hospital for heat exhaustion during football practice.

Strenuous activity + hot weather + dehydration is a seriously bad combination.

Britain has summer weather similar to portland, maine.


Going by the average temp for London suggested by climate-zone.com we are 5 - 7 degrees C over average for July.

Main thing about the school is that it is a primary, so kids are aged 5 to 11. Probably a good call not to have very young kids lingering around in 30 degee heat for too long. Sports fields are not renowned for their shade.
 
2013-07-22 08:11:55 AM
DerAppie:
Wiki:
the south and south-east of England have the warmest summers (15.5 °C (59.9 °F) to 17.7 °C (63.9 °F))



Every year a Year Without a Summer...that's bad enough on its own, but then they DO get a summer and it's all cancellations and deaths and spontaneous nosebleeding and so forth. Damn.
 
2013-07-22 08:14:01 AM

Disgruntled Goat: How many times are we going to have this thread?


Until we get it right.
 
2013-07-22 08:17:43 AM
BHShaman:
For people who don't think that is hot (90+), what do you think is cold? Because it can also reach -40 here. a 130 degree temp swing between seasons. When you might be putting on a snowmobile suit to stay warm, we might be in a long sleeve shirt, pants, and a wool cap.

Three years ago I lived in Iraq.  It got up to 130F (dry heat).  It was actually quite nice.  I like the heat.
I live in Poland now.  Winters here drop to -40.  This is the location on the thermometer where C and F meet.  I hate the cold, but I haven't died either.  And I was woefully ill equipped for a Warsaw Winter.  I'd have seriously taken that snowmobile suit out here.  Winter lasted from Halloween to Easter this year.  There were 97 straight days without sun.  It was cold, grey and terrible.
 
2013-07-22 08:19:35 AM

I'm no expert but...: Going by the average temp for London suggested by climate-zone.com we are 5 - 7 degrees C over average for July.

Main thing about the school is that it is a primary, so kids are aged 5 to 11. Probably a good call not to have very young kids lingering around in 30 degee heat for too long. Sports fields are not renowned for their shade.


89 degrees is not that hot.  Drink plenty of water, they will be fine.  for much of the USA, 89 degrees is a cold summer day.  My late grandma used to wear sweaters when the weather in florida dropped into the 80's.

And there is no way the humidity in england is worse than the mid-atlantic and southeast usa.
 
2013-07-22 08:22:04 AM

I'm no expert but...: SlothB77: SpacemanSpoof: Why is that silly?  Here in Atlanta, it seems like every August there is at least one teenager who dies or at least goes to the hospital for heat exhaustion during football practice.

Strenuous activity + hot weather + dehydration is a seriously bad combination.

Britain has summer weather similar to portland, maine.

Going by the average temp for London suggested by climate-zone.com we are 5 - 7 degrees C over average for July.

Main thing about the school is that it is a primary, so kids are aged 5 to 11. Probably a good call not to have very young kids lingering around in 30 degee heat for too long. Sports fields are not renowned for their shade.


Near 30C.

That's a mild heat. I wish the past week here was near 30C (85F) instead of peaking out at around 37-38C (99-100F).
 
2013-07-22 08:23:52 AM

DerAppie: the south and south-east of England have the warmest summers (15.5 °C (59.9 °F) to 17.7 °C (63.9 °F))


This was the weather in JANUARY 2012 in Northern Virginia.
 
2013-07-22 08:24:19 AM

WhiskeyBoy: Also, why is the royal baby getting more new coverage than 700 dead people?


That 700 death number was very vaguely defined in the first article I saw it in. It was somebody claiming it based on previous heatwaves, who had calculated the increase number of deaths versus a normal period. So, not 700 people dropping dead from heat exhaustion, but an additional 700 people (probably old folks) dying from normal causes possibly exacerbated by the heat. In other words, it was only something you could determine after the fact, and you wouldn't be able to make a list and say these 700 died from the heat.
 
2013-07-22 08:27:07 AM

Disgruntled Goat: How many times are we going to have this thread?


Until it cools down.

/or until Brits toughen up.
 
2013-07-22 08:30:56 AM

BHShaman: Here in Maine it has been 90+ and high humidity or thunderstorms and rain.
Highly oppressive, but at least we scoot to a local store and get AC pretty cheap.
That is unseasonably warm for here and people are not acclimated.

For people who don't think that is hot (90+), what do you think is cold? Because it can also reach -40 here. a 130 degree temp swing between seasons. When you might be putting on a snowmobile suit to stay warm, we might be in a long sleeve shirt, pants, and a wool cap.


I'm from Maine, living in London for the past two years.  You're dead on about the temp swing; that's half of the problem with the UK heatwave right now.  You're just not used to it getting into the high 80s here.  70s is generally considered "quite warm", and throughout the year it's always pretty mild (people treat me like I'm absolutely insane for walking around in a normal shirt during the winter, but you get used to the cold after a lifetime in rural Maine).

One of the big problems here is that no, 85 is not that hot, but it's really bad if you're going to go strolling around with no shade and no water.  A bottle of water is going to cost you £1-£2; higher in the outdoors-activity areas; so you're looking at £5-£10 a day for people to stay hydrated.  And that's if you can get them to drink water instead of soda.
 
2013-07-22 08:32:41 AM

OniExpress: BHShaman: Here in Maine it has been 90+ and high humidity or thunderstorms and rain.
Highly oppressive, but at least we scoot to a local store and get AC pretty cheap.
That is unseasonably warm for here and people are not acclimated.

For people who don't think that is hot (90+), what do you think is cold? Because it can also reach -40 here. a 130 degree temp swing between seasons. When you might be putting on a snowmobile suit to stay warm, we might be in a long sleeve shirt, pants, and a wool cap.

I'm from Maine, living in London for the past two years.  You're dead on about the temp swing; that's half of the problem with the UK heatwave right now.  You're just not used to it getting into the high 80s here.  70s is generally considered "quite warm", and throughout the year it's always pretty mild (people treat me like I'm absolutely insane for walking around in a normal shirt during the winter, but you get used to the cold after a lifetime in rural Maine).

One of the big problems here is that no, 85 is not that hot, but it's really bad if you're going to go strolling around with no shade and no water.  A bottle of water is going to cost you £1-£2; higher in the outdoors-activity areas; so you're looking at £5-£10 a day for people to stay hydrated.  And that's if you can get them to drink water instead of soda.


You mean water instead of beer.
 
2013-07-22 08:32:55 AM
The natural progression of the left's "If it just saves one person" propaganda.
 
2013-07-22 08:34:52 AM

The Envoy: SpacemanSpoof: Why is that silly?  Here in Atlanta, it seems like every August there is at least one teenager who dies or at least goes to the hospital for heat exhaustion during football practice.

Strenuous activity + hot weather + dehydration is a seriously bad combination.

Bullshiat.  The little weasels need to toughen the fark up.  It's not as if the little snowflakes were ill because of the heat, was it?

FTA:
Children at the school had been sick and suffered nosebleeds due to the heat.

Oh.



Since when are nosebleeds caused by high temperatures?  Everyone I know gets them when it's cold and dry.
 
2013-07-22 08:36:41 AM

DerAppie: WhiskeyBoy: From the weather channel website:
"...the death toll for the first nine days of the heat wave as between 540 and 760 people in England alone. [...] The country experienced the hottest day of the year so far on Wednesday, with temperatures hitting 89.9 degrees Fahrenheit."

Hahahaha. What?! That's a cold Summer night where I'm from.

Wiki:
the south and south-east of England have the warmest summers (15.5 °C (59.9 °F) to 17.7 °C (63.9 °F))

The temperature is almost twice the summer average. I'm willing to bet that where you live people are used to those temperatures, and you probably have those temperatures with a lower humidity as well.

Also, why is the royal baby getting more new coverage than 700 dead people?  Priorities are seriously out of order over there.

The same reason no-one reports on people dying from the seasonal flu.


or black on black crime...it's a given.

on a seious note, this thread is  why the British  feel the need to get drunk and punchy all over the word. they are tired of the nanny state remarks.
 
2013-07-22 08:38:58 AM

Intrepid00: You mean water instead of beer.


Actually, I'm alternating between hot black coffee and slightly-cool water.  I need my caffeine, and hot liquids help with hot temps.  As much as I wish I could stay cool and refreshed with pints, 4 cans the other night left me sweating like a pig.
 
2013-07-22 08:46:08 AM

OnlyM3: The natural progression of the left's "If it just saves one person" propaganda.


It's political correctness gone mad
 
2013-07-22 09:00:39 AM
lol pussies -- it's been close to 100F here in TX for the past 2 weeks, and is going to get hotter by august.

Just waiting till august when its 105-109 every day.
 
2013-07-22 09:09:01 AM

FrancoFile: The Envoy: SpacemanSpoof: Why is that silly?  Here in Atlanta, it seems like every August there is at least one teenager who dies or at least goes to the hospital for heat exhaustion during football practice.

Strenuous activity + hot weather + dehydration is a seriously bad combination.

Bullshiat.  The little weasels need to toughen the fark up.  It's not as if the little snowflakes were ill because of the heat, was it?

FTA:
Children at the school had been sick and suffered nosebleeds due to the heat.

Oh.


Since when are nosebleeds caused by high temperatures?  Everyone I know gets them when it's cold and dry.


The Brits are a queer lot.
 
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