Hittegolf. That's Dutch for "heatwave" and we're right in the middle of a long one - longest one we can recall in our 6 years - with temperatures rising nearly every day to 100F (38C).
Now, 100F is nothing new to us Southerners, but there's a difference in a Belgian 100F . . . because in Belgium, we don't have AC. That's a huge difference.
Normally that isn't a problem. It's been this hot before, but only a day at a time here and there. We suffer through one night of miserable sleep and it's over.
Not this year.
My lush green garden is shocked and struggling.
We're holed up and camping out in one room downstairs, going upstairs only to shower. Heat rises and we've got a lot of rises in this house. Our third floor bedroom is very much like an attic right now. And the fourth floor . . . !
July 1st was the hottest day on record since 1901 and it's going to be even hotter tomorrow - the 4th of July. As Ross said . . . our BBQ will have a real Louisiana feel about it.
Fortunately we've got a little portable AC and have no choice now but to crank it up.
It should get back to normal summer temperatures here by mid next week with highs in the 80's.
Maybe this is my reminder to quit complaining about all that Belgian grey.