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Hasta la vista, baby.

Scorching summer on the way so paint your house white, advises government - The Scotsman

FOR the past couple of summers, the British public have suffered torrential downpours, flooding and landslides. As usual, Wimbledon has had to stop for rain.
But now, government officials are advising householders to prepare for a potential heatwave and "go Mediterranean" by painting the outside of their homes white to reflect the heat.

Details of the plan to cope with temperatures which are expected to soar this summer were released yesterday and included rather more obvious tips to stay in the shade where possible, and to avoid going outdoors between 11am and 3pm if vulnerable to heat.

Heatwave plan for England 2009 : Department of Health - Publications
Supersedes/replaces Heatwave plan for England 2008
Supersedes/replaces Heatwave plan for England 2007 : Department of Health
Supersedes/replaces Heatwave: Plan for England - protecting health and reducing harm from extreme heat and heatwaves (2006) : Department of Health - Publications
Supersedes/replaces Heatwave: Plan for England - protecting health and reducing harm from extreme heat and heatwaves (2005 edition) : Department of Health
Supersedes/replaces Heatwave: Plan for England - Protecting health and reducing harm from extreme heat and heatwaves (2004 edition) : Department of Health

It's coming any day now I'll get the whitewash out....

Comments

What ever happened to the spirit that inspired Noel Coward to write: "Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun"?

FFS! How could we have built the empire if we acted like Frenchies and Spaniards and took five hour siestas just because it was a bit warm?

Do you think they'll let me paint my Grade II listed cottage white for the sake of global warming? I think not. We can't even have energy efficient windows because we live in a conservation area - where isn't a conservation area or an area of outstanding natural beauty or special scientific interest in this country? Whatever happened to the freedom to do with private property as you wish? This madness extends to telling us what sort of boilers, light-bulbs and even wood we can have in our houses. It's time these functionaries learned their place.

Check out the threshold temps on page 36:
e.g. (the highest)
Region London
Day 32
Night 18

Wimps - that's on the cool side of normal here in SW France, yet life goes on - and much more happily than in the UK socialist paradise.

Why do the "excess deaths" figures never include the winter? One guess...

What's the betting summer 2009 in the UK is another dank washout?

Like a broken clock that's right once every 12 hours, the Met Office will keep on predicting hot summers and will get it right eventually. We'll then have to put up with even more AGW crap for months as every envirotwit goes on and on about the warm weather.

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