En­joy the warmth while it’s around

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Editorial -

OK, so far this spring and sum­mer prov­inces west of us have been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some heat­wave ac­tiv­ity. We have not. New­found­land and Labrador is fi­nally get­ting some tem­per­a­tures in the 20’s and it pos­si­bly hit the low 30’s in some places in the past few weeks.

Com­pared to oth­ers, who have been in the 30’s and with added hu­mid­ity in the 40’s, we’ve ac­tu­ally been for­tu­nate.

In Que­bec, the heat has been blamed for a num­ber of deaths, some of them while peo­ple in this prov­ince still feared frost­bite.

Well, at least they had to con­tinue to cover up plants or take them in­doors in mid to late June for fear of them freez­ing.

While the nights are fi­nally get­ting tem­per­a­tures with­out frost warn­ings, the tem­per­a­tures are still in the sin­gle dig­its or low dou­ble dig­its at night – which makes it more com­fort­able for sleep­ing and some­thing that’s the envy of our friends and fam­ily in main­land prov­inces.

Even with the sparse few days that the tem­per­a­tures rise here in New­found­land, peo­ple are still quick to com­plain about the heat.

With the wait that we had for it (the heat) to come, no­body should com­plain when it does, even if it brings June bugs, ants, mos­qui­tos and other sum­mer­time pests.

No­body is look­ing for tem­per­a­tures like they are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in prov­inces west of us, but peo­ple in this prov­ince would like to see them in the mid to high 20’s, just so those who like to take ad­van­tage of a swim in a pond or some type of stream can do so.

It’s also nice to be in a park or a cabin where you don’t have to be stok­ing up a stove or a fur­nace to keep warm in the night.

There are no ther­mostats to con­trol the great out­doors, so pretty well what­ever is thrown our way, we have to con­tend with and as sum­mer wears on, its hoped that will in­volve some heat and sun­shine.

The thing is with such short sum­mers in this prov­ince peo­ple need to adapt to what­ever comes and make the best of it while it’s warm, no mat­ter if that in­volves sun­shine or rain.

Get out­doors and en­joy your­self while the tem­per­a­tures are suit­able.

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