Like many other Finns, I always loved the heat, but the year in Australia opened my eyes, says journalist Eliisa Aikkila. Finns should change their attitude towards heat.
When the heat had been promised 42 degrees, a horse farm in the south-east of Australia woke up at four in the morning and got to work. The obligatory chores of the day had to be completed by the morning. After that, they just tried to survive the heat and take care of themselves and the animals.
It was very clear that with the worst heat strikes, no one is having fun. Then the focus is at least on tolerating the discomfort and at worst surviving.
Even at the beginning of this summer, we Finns still glowed happily: 25 degrees! Beach cliffs! Now the weights have calmed down a bit. However, we still have a long way to go to realize that hot weather is not just a nice thing.
Our building stock, the way we work, our culture and our attitude are built on litter, not toast.
Australians the relationship with heat is very similar to ours with bangs and snowdrops. We know how to prepare for cars not to start, stairs to be cleared of snow and many outdoor sports are useless to dream of. There is a frost limit in schoolchildren’s outdoor exercise classes.
In Australia, construction workers stop work when mercury climbs too high. Sports events will have to be canceled. Schoolchildren have no thing out without a hat, and on the hottest days, breaks are not spent outdoors at all.
One of the most tangible effects is related to leisure. It just becomes a sweaty, awkward time you hope to pass quickly.
If and when horrors become more common in us as well, the way of life must be reorganized if necessary. Complaint doesn’t help, but hiking or gardening is left undone.
Sure Meter readings like Australia seem impossible in Finland. On the other hand, Canada this summer infamous heat records prove that even the northern hemisphere is not safe from extreme temperatures.
However, we Finns hardly need such readings to make life more difficult. Professor of Public Health Jouni Jaakkola The University of Oulu stated In studio A., that cold countries suffer the most from the growing heat waves, because they do not know how to react to heat correctly.
The optimal temperatures of the human body vary from country to country. The average daily temperature at which deaths due to temperature occur the least is about 14 degrees, while the Greeks are less than 25 degrees.
It is clearthat a lot of work needs to be done to stop climate change. It is also self-evident that compared to the increasing number of natural disasters and the multiplication of thermal deaths, our worries are small.
It does not eliminate the fact that life in Finland can also become much more uncomfortable in many respects. It is no longer a question of whether Tokman had time to buy a fan.
If heat waves get worse and longer, we will have to adapt to them, both at the level of the individual and society, from infrastructure and legislation to summer holiday plans.
In addition to long-term measures, adaptation must also be acute and concrete.
Acute means to borrow from where you know better. Among other things, the Australian public TV channel SBS, publicly funded Health Direct and Buzzfeed have listed ways to survive the heat. Here are some tips for choosing an experienced expert:
Drink plenty of water, even in the evening when the temperature drops. Avoid alcohol. Eat small, cold portions of food. Keep the freezer full of popsicles.
Wear loose, light clothing and take cold showers.
Keep the curtains closed and stay in the coolest room. Avoid using the oven.
Avoid outdoor activities and physical activity during the hottest moments. In other words: take a siesta.
Siesta, known from warm countries, has been seen by us as a somewhat amusing and lazy thing. Perhaps we will soon realize that lounging as a sweat is not made for fun, but forced by the weather.
The author is the editor of HS’s lifestyle editorial.