Hot weather causes sweat and delays for Canadian travelers to Europe – SteinbachOnline.com
Trevor Norris is used to hot summer weather, being a native of the Prairies. But his trip to England this week – one of several European countries facing record temperatures – has left him battling train delays and searching high and low for some sort of air-conditioned refuge.
“Nowhere in England seems to have AC,” Norris said.
“I walked into a pub and everyone was standing outside with their beers after ordering…because it was too hot inside the pub itself. I stood there for maybe 10 minutes ordering drinks and my legs were soaked. It was so bad.”
Norris spoke on the phone as he headed north on a train from London to Norfolk County to attend a wedding. It was a scramble, he said, as many trains were delayed or canceled altogether because the heat increased the risk of buckling tracks.
“All the trains from London to (our destination) were canceled at that time so we had to take the tube, get to another place a little further up the line… and that was the only way to rise (north).”
Temperatures of over 40°C were recorded in England recently for the first time. Residents of the normally temperate country have historically had no real use for air conditioners.
“You can’t even walk into a cafe to cool off…because they’re all so hot and they leave their doors open, hoping to stay cool. But the wind yesterday was so hot it was almost like a hair dryer blowing on you,” Norris said.
Norris was planning to tour further north in the next few days, but has doubts due to train delays.
Further south, Winnipeg’s Lindsey Anderson was relaxing on a beach near Naples, Italy. A recent 60-minute train ride proved sweltering and the heat made some of his plans too risky.
“I really wanted to go to Pompeii while I was here, but I feel like it’s guaranteed heatstroke. So I’m not going,” she said.
Anderson was careful to carry plenty of water and stay in the shade as much as possible.
“And don’t forget that your electronics can overheat too, so keep them out of direct sunlight whenever possible.”
– By Steve Lambert in Winnipeg, with files from Emily Blake in Edmonton and The Associated Press