While there is an excessive heat warning in Philadelphia this week, Sweden is right now experiencing the coldest July in 40 years.
Keeping it cool in Philadelphia is near to impossible, with extreme humidity and temperatures as high as 110F (43C) in the afternoons we are really appreciating the AC in our office. Meanwhile, Sweden is experiencing a cold summer with temperatures around 59F (15C). As Swedes, we would appreciate if we could get the temperature to lagom*, both in Sweden and Philadelphia.
For those of you currently in the heat in Philadelphia, we have some useful tips for you this weekend:
1. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When
possible, reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or
the late evening.
2. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion
3. Drink plenty of water.
4. Stay in an air-conditioned environment, stay out of the sun, and
check on elderly relatives and neighbors.
5. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in a
vehicle under any circumstance. This is especially true during hot
weather when a car’s interior can reach lethal temperatures in a
matter of minutes.
For those of you currently in Sweden we only have one thing to say:
Det finns inget dåligt väder, bara dåliga kläder!
There is no bad weather, only bad clothing!
* Lagom (pronounced [²lɑːɡɔm]) is a Swedish word meaning “just the right amount”. The Lexin Swedish-English dictionary defines lagom as “enough, sufficient, adequate, just right”. Lagom is also widely translated as “in moderation”, “in balance”, “perfect-simple”, and “suitable” (in matter of amounts).