In Vancouver, where the definition of a hot summer day is 24 degrees, the temperature topped out Wednesday afternoon at 33.8 degrees, which was the hottest day in the city's history, at least until yesterday.
I certainly said the following on the last day of RubyKaigi2009 in Japan. "It is too hot in Japan, so I will escape from here tomorrow" Unfortunately I seem to fail to escape.
In many ways, the scorching days and nights are harder on Vancouverites, where heat waves are as rare as mosquitoes. Few have air conditioning, so people have been flocking to malls and movie theatres. Apartment buildings - especially high rises - have become ovens. Health officials have urged people to check on elderly neighbours and relatives.
Yes, few have air conditioning, and I'm one of them. My room is exactly an oven.