Australians are mocking those struggling in Britain’s 30C-plus temperatures. But try battling a heatwave without air-con
It’s hot in Britain, have you heard? Train services had to be cancelled ahead of “Furnace Friday”. The Daily Mail is warning of a coming “plague of rats”. Channel 4 News says ice-cream factory workers have been working 12-hour shifts since April. It’s chaotic, it’s biblical. And now, to add insult to heat stress-related injury, Australia is making fun of the British again.
The Sydney Morning Herald put it bluntly after one recent day of record temperatures in Britain: “It was the hottest day of the year in the UK and Brits could not cope”. The Adelaide Advertiser told readers “why British people can’t handle heat — and we can”. A News.com.au report belittled Britain for panicking over a “pleasant” 33.3C: “It turns out their definition of ‘heatwave’ is dramatically different from ours.” Similarly sneering remarks abounded on Twitter – where News.com.au said “Poms” had “flocked … to gripe about the ‘unbearable’ weather” and sleeplessness “that apparently comes with night-time temperatures in the low- to mid-20s”.
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