Hottest summer in over 280 years

Summer is so beautiful in Europe right now. I wish I had planned to spend more time there this year, but between my new business and the upcoming wedding, I’m saving my long term vacation plans to next year. I’m so happy though, for all the sun deprived Europeans who are getting each and every rainy and grey summer made up for this year. It may not be understandable or make sense for someone who’s not lived to experience it, but when you’re permanently put up in a country with an average of 120 days a year of a temperature below zero degrees Celsius. My heart smiles for you – you deserve every bit of it.

That being said, there are also so many fires in my home country right now. I’m from the south, which has less forests and more open landscapes, but most areas north of Skåne is on fire – a combined result of pyromaniacs who have literally set dry forest grounds on fire for the sake of causing destruction, as well as other things like lightening, or perhaps a cigarette bud or someone having an outdoor BBQ. It’s so scary, how these small seemingly insignificant events can have such a devastating impact.

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Our homes are also not equipped for such heat in Sweden – my mom was telling me the other day. Our buildings are constructed to keep the cold out and heat in, considering we have more winter than summer months throughout the year. In this heat, homes become saunas! I also feel terrible for all the animals who aren’t equipped for this type of climate change. Apparently the hedgehogs are dying, and wild animals are suffering from heat stroke and lack of water. These are species which are made for moist, and mainly cold, environments.

I hope the weather goes back to its usual grey skies and rainy days soon.


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