Weekend forecast: Jungle-like heat
July 9, 2010
STUTTGART, Germany — This week’s heat is expected to continue through the weekend in much of western Europe, but the drier air that has made 90-degree days somewhat tolerable will soon be replaced by a more oppressive jungle-like humidity in Germany, according to climatologists.
“We haven’t hit a record yet. We had 40 (104 degrees) weather in 2003. But it wasn’t as humid then, either,” said Harald Strauss, a climatologist with the 21st Operational Weather Squadron in Sembach.
In the Kaiserslautern and Wiesbaden areas, temperatures on Saturday will remain in the mid-90s, with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Similar conditions are expected in the Stuttgart area. However, troops in eastern Bavaria will experience a slight respite from the heat as temperatures hover in the mid-80s, according to the 21st Weather Squadron’s five-day forecast.
However, the coming humidity will give a twist to Germany’s typically mild summers.
“This is very unusual for us. Normally we don’t get this kind of American East Coast weather and humidity,” Strauss said.
But while the sultry conditions will be a reminder for some of humid hometown heat, something important will be missing for most servicemembers and civilians stationed in Europe: air-conditioning units.
Here are some unusual tips on how to stay cool without the AC, from the Mother Nature Network, mnn.com:
• Eat to sweat: Latin America, India, Thailand — some of the world’s hottest places — happen to serve some of the world’s hottest foods. Spicy foods make you sweat without actually raising body temperature. Once your skin is damp, you’ll feel cooled when the perspiration evaporates.
• Go tropical: Take the lead of those who spend most of their lives in tropical climates: loose, lightweight cotton and linen clothing rules.
• Pulse Points: Chill your pulse points by running cold water over your wrist for a minute or so each hour. Splashing water on your temples or face can produce a similar effect. And be sure to put some of that tap water into a glass and stay hydrated.
• Snack: Big, protein-laden meals force your body to stoke its metabolic fires. The solution is to break up your eating into smaller, more frequent meals. You’ll feel cooler — and it’s better for you, too.