Heat alert sur­prises many in Labrador West

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY MIKE POWER

Talk­ing about the weather — usu­ally com­plain­ing about it — is al­most a right for folks in this prov­ince, and of course Labrador West.

There were a lot of com­plaints back in May when con­di­tions were less than ideal, but in re­cent weeks warm tem­per­a­tures well above norms for the end of July and early Au­gust had peo­ple seek­ing shel­ter from the heat and hu­mid­ity.

Many peo­ple were sur­prised at tem­per­a­tures that stayed around 25 to 30 de­grees, with the hu­midex above that.

One par­tic­u­lar day, there was a read­ing of 31 while that same day tem­per­a­tures in parts of Por­tu­gal (which is usu­ally burn­ing up at that time) was a mere 22.

Back in Labrador City peo­ple told The Aurora they sought out places that were air con­di­tioned. At one point bot­tled wa­ter was in short sup­ply in the town and lots of shop­pers could be seen leav­ing stores with fans and small air con­di­tion­ing units.

Sloan Pow­ell just chilled at Splash Park in the cen­ten­nial play­ground with his mom, and friends.

“I like this on hot days,” he told The Aurora.

So did many oth­ers who also headed to Tanya Beach for a chance to cool off in the lake, or to take small boats and kayaks out for a spin to beat the heat.

While some had the au­dac­ity to ac­tu­ally com­plain that it was too hot — it’s not the heat it’s the hu­mid­ity, most would say — a gen­tle re­minder that in pos­si­bly less than three months peo­ple may be able to cross-coun­try ski around Tanya Lake, where they swel­tered a short time ago.

MIKE POWER/SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

Sloan Pow­ell of Labrador City says the splash park at Cen­ten­nial play­ground is the per­fect way to beat hot hu­mid days.

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