You can hardly turn on the telly without getting some moronic advice from a media doctor about how to deal with the British heatwave. The shade is cooler than direct sunlight – genius! Water is good to drink when it’s hot – gold dust! Wear lots of suncream – my cup runneth over.
Why do we treat British heat with such fear? It really isn’t that hot out there – I’ve just bicycled through the morning sun and barely broken sweat. No one thinks of doling out these patronising warnings when we head south for summer heat.
But it’s the same heat. In fact, newscasters are delighted to make that very point when they see London’s hotter than the Bahamas today. We all know how to deal with heat on our foreign holidays. So we know how to deal with it at home.
The argument might go that British heat is less usual than the Mediterranean or Caribbean version. Yes, that’s true. But, practically every year, we get a hot spell like this, when Britain is as hot as Mauritius or southern Europe. So – again – we know how to deal with it.
British weather is famously changeable. So that’s what it does – change quite a lot. Sometimes it’s cold; sometimes it rains a lot; sometimes it’s hot. We know all this – please don’t keep reminding us.