As the temperatures in the northern hemisphere are on the rise, I’d just like to say:

Please stop making fun of British people for “not being able to take the heat”.

Summer temperatures these past few years have been unprecedented, and this country is not equipped to deal with it. 2018 was England’s hottest summer in history with temperatures reaching almost 40C in places. The next few summers are all predicted to be bad too.

In case you’re not aware, we don’t have air conditioning, we don’t have ceiling fans, our houses aren’t built to keep us cool, we’re not used to temperatures like these because it shouldn’t be this hot (thank you climate change!). I work in the NHS and I can tell you people literally get sick during heatwaves. It’s not a laughing matter. I also say all this as an Indian person who knows what heat is, and can deal fine with 30C temperatures in Mumbai but completely melt when it goes over 25C in London, because here in Britain it’s a completely different feel whether you’re accustomed to heat or not.

So yeah, this year please think twice before making those posts laughing at “haha look at those British people who suffer in temperatures that are normal where I live!” because surprise surprise, it’s not funny, it’s an actual real problem.

There’s currently a heatwave in Europe and people are dropping like flies – temperatures were over 45C in parts of France yesterday and here where I live it’s set to go above 32C, which almost NEVER happens. So reminder: we don’t have any air conditioning, our houses are built to trap heat, and it’s not cool to make fun of us for this.

Also a friendly reminder that labor laws in most places like this very often don’t account for the uncommonly hot temperatures – for example, while in the UK, if the temperature of your workplace is below 15°C your employer is required by law to release you from work until they fix it. But there is no upper limit, and while some companies are considerate, many aren’t. And as with everything, this disproportionately affects the poor, working class folk who cannot afford missing time off their job(s), in this essay I will