As Americans across the country swelter under high temperatures and brave extreme weather, Yahoo! asked readers to share their weather- and drought-related anecdotes. Here is one.
FIRST PERSON | I live in a walk up apartment in Brooklyn, which is wonderful most of the year. What is less wonderful is the oven that apartment becomes whenever the temperature outside hits 90 degrees. I don't have air conditioning, as I'd rather not quadruple my electric bill, and that decision generally works out fine for me as I'm fairly heat-tolerant. However, this summer is testing my resolve to avoid AC, as high temperatures have left me (and my poor cats) suffering.
During the last couple heat waves, the temperature outside my home has been markedly cooler than inside. Though "cooler" may not be the best word, as it was suffocatingly hot outside as well, with the heat trapped by buildings and reflecting off the sidewalks keeping the temperature up even at night. Hydrants were opened up on the street outside for kids and adults alike to cool off in. When I walked through the nearby park everyone there was either lying in shade, in the public pool, or running through the public fountain found there. While I was there, I didn't see a single jogger.
And yet it's still more comfortable outside my home than in. I've been using all the cooling tricks at my disposal, but the sheer level of heat has exhausted my resources in this respect. And while it hasn't been comfortable for me, I feel the worst for my pets, who don't have the option of leaving the house or taking a cool bath. Though I've always been more of a summer girl than a winter one, I have to admit this summer has me looking forward to fall.
- Natural Phenomena