Once upon a time in Florida, this was a day in July:
It's been hot like that before in FL, many, many times. I remember being....12 or 13, and one very boring summer day home alone, deciding to go to my
best friend's house 3 blocks over and 2 blocks up on my bike. I got 2 blocks over before I was completely overwhelmed by the heat, which if I recall
correctly, was a good clip over 100* (37*C) (hell if I know what the humidity, dew point & Heat Index were, but it was brutally HOT)
I decided to forgo hanging out and went back home, turned the shower on Cold, laid down in the tub & legitimately passed out for a while. Hindsight
being what it is, I'm pretty sure I was pushing Heat Stroke territory.
A few years after the above screen grab I took, I had to get my errands done on foot, and it was just as hot as the readings on that puppy. I ended up
laying down on the sidewalk for a while because I was feeling horrible, heat exhaustion sets in very fast in conditions like that. You think you have
plenty of water and are dressed well enough for the weather, but you can never stay ahead of it too long, it gets you.
Kicker is, not a single driver bothered to stop, and I was on a very busy street. People just...kept going. It's moderately amusing, I slip on ice &
do the splits on a sidewalk in MI, and half the state comes running, "You ok??" Down in FL, the heat gets you on a public street and nobody gives a
I barely had the strength to drag myself into a nearby fire station a few blocks away. Turns out, people were dropping like flies that day and I
wasn't the only one to practically crawl in the door.