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Friday, 14 July, 2000, 16:43 GMT 17:43 UK
Heatwave hell: how are you coping?
Fires are still burning on the Greek resort of Samos as southern Europe continues to swelter in a blistering heatwave.Disclaimer: The BBC will put up as many of your comments as possible but we cannot guarantee that all e-mails will be published. The BBC reserves the right to edit comments that are published.
Hundreds of forest fires have blazed in the region and dozens of people have been killed as the temperatures have soared past 44 C (111 F).
If you are in the region we want to hear your experiences of the heatwave. How are you coping with the scorching heat? What are you doing to cool down?
Vicki Stearman, England
We have no sun in Germany. At the moment it won't stop raining. I feel like I never left England!
I live in Zürich, and this weekend I will deal with the temperature by taking my snowboard up one of the nearby mountains which has been blessed with July snow for the first time in years.
What concerns me is that so many of these fires have been started deliberately. The government must take a hard stand and make sure there is no benefit in starting fires. A destroyed green belt should not be available for development, period. This would inevitably rid the arsonist of any incentive.
Hugh Cullen, Spain
Please please send some heat here!
Its cloudy and miserable what a
Heatwave? First time in a long time that I can recall wearing a jumper in July. Have I missed something?
Humans have misused all natural
resources without caring about mother
nature. The incidents like these will
go on increasing the more we humans
continue to harm the nature out of
Whinge, whinge, whinge. It's too hot - it's too cold - get a life be satisfied take life as it comes think of all the people around the world that would love to be able to just walk, be rid of cancer, or suffer other ailments and build on what you have got, not what you would like.
Peter B, UK
What we actually need is some half-decent information from institutions such as ABTA, the tour operators, Foreign Office, media etc. It's all very well having the fires extinguished but the effects on the infrastructure and local people could easily have had a serious effect on tourists on the island. My family is due to fly out in a few days, and we are still uncertain whether to go or not. We suspect that the situation could be much worse than is being portrayed. How can we make an informed choice when we have such an absence of information?
How am I coping with the scorching temperatures? I turn the central heating off and it soon cools down to the point where winter sweaters are required again!
Fires and heat exhaustion may be the immediate danger but everybody should be additionally cautious of contracting skin cancer when exposed to excessive sunlight. I have read that it is one of the most active forms of cancers once contracted. So people should protect themselves and their children at the expense of sunbathing in these conditions.
Yesterday I packed my Factor 58 sun cream and headed off to a deserted beach. Marvellous! I did however suffer second degree burns on 90% of my body and had a very uncomfortable night.
Han de Min, UK
I just came back from a wonderful fortnight in Greece (Halkidiki). I think that the British media overreacted about the heat. It was very hot but not unbearable. I enjoyed it very much.
I have lived in Madras and hence I don't feel as much heat in New Jersey, US.
It has been a mild summer so far in New York City (typically 85C). The humidity has been bearable, but I'm reserving judgment until August arrives. I believe these increased temperatures are a direct result of global warming.
We are working in Monterrey continually in temperatures higher than that!
Global warming in Home Counties England in mid July? You could have fooled me! It's like a day in late April, windy with some showers. Looking at past history, we have had cold periods and warm ones - the world has coped. I feel this is just more scare mongering from the nutcase Green fraternity, a small and unrepresentative minority who are given too much attention and credence these days.
I am off to Samos in two weeks and although there is obviously a problem in Samos I have been in daily contact with a well respected tour company and am assured there is no problem at the coastal resorts. this was backed up from the tv chat with tourists in the region on Wednesday evening. The heat is supposed to subside to a normal 33-35 degrees in a few days.
As I write this, the temperature outside is over 100 degrees. Last year here in Abilene, we had over 30 consecutive days of +100 degrees. Some people say "yeah, but it's a dry heat". Yeah right! Hot is hot!!! I still carry on with yardwork, cycling and things like that. We have very low humidity here and that can be dangerous, you can dehydrate easily, often without realising it, so you have to drink a heck of a lot of liquids. I do like the sunshine though!!
Richard Lemon, UK
I also have been sold a holiday to Samos and the company is refusing to give me a refund or to allow me to change destination. I think this is incredible as night after night I see fires on the television. What sort of holiday am I supposed to have? Am I supposed to fly to Samos and stay in my Hotel room? I think it is a disgrace and potentially a dangerous situation.
If you want to see hot you should come and see what Texas is like.
Though I am from North India but still we are experiencing one of the worst summers I have seen in my life. It is sizzling hot, we sweat the whole day. People wait for night to get some relief.
Heatwave? What heatwave!
Can we set up some big fans to blow the hot air over here?
I'm coping with the European heat by staying in the UK where so far this summer it's been wet and windy in the day and bone-chilling at night.
Can't we have some of this heatwave please?
I live in Southern Europe and it's not hot here.
I was sold a holiday to Samos at the beginning of this week. The company concerned is still selling holidays to this island even though there is a state of national emergency. When I contacted ABTA, they said I couldn't get my money back unless the Foreign Office in Britain issued a warning. I think it's absolutely disgraceful that this company should be allowed to sell holidays to an island where 4000 acres have been destroyed and the fires are far from being extinguished.
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