Salisbury visitors talk about summer, heatwave and climate change

THE latest heat wave is “100% due to climate change”, according to a visitor to Salisbury.

With temperatures remaining in the 20s, the recent heat spike has led to many escaping to Salisbury’s parks and rivers to soak up the sun and try to stay cool.

The Log visited the Queen Elizabeth Gardens yesterday, July 12, to ask people what they thought of the heat wave and how they were coping with it.

A sign of climate change?

Leandre Engelbrecht and Vaughn Powell were in Salisbury to visit Nakita Milne, who lives and works here.

From South Africa, they all strongly believe that climate change is affecting temperatures.

Nakita said, “It’s more humid than ours. It’s also the start of summer, it shouldn’t be that hot, it’s changed so quickly from the cold of a month or two ago.

Nakita Milne, Leandra Engelbrecht and Vaughn Powell

Vaughn said: “We have hot days like this in South Africa, but in general it’s hot and it’s 100% because of climate change. We have seen the changes at home with extreme ups and downs. »

Léandre said: “It was snowing in the south of our country, and it never snows there.

Vaughn added, “To stay cool, put your feet in the water, or dunk a towel or sarong in the water and wrap it around you.”

Greenhouse gases enter the atmosphere forming a blanket around the planet and heat from the sun is trapped, so temperatures rise.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said that humans are responsible for 40% of CO2 emissions from air travel, car driving and energy consumption in the House.

Sara Meidlinger was with her daughter Sarah MacMillan in a shady part of the park.

She said: “We are doing well. We were careful and went to places where there is water and trees and protected ourselves from the sun.

Adapt to the heat

Another resident enjoying the sunshine, Steve Curtis, said: “I don’t mind the heat, I’m half Maltese but in Britain we’re not really used to it.

Salisbury Diary: Steve CurtisSteve Curtis

“I think it’s best to stay indoors or stay in the shade if people can and stay hydrated. It’s a different heat here than abroad.

“At night, wear something light, wear a cold t-shirt, I know some people soak a t-shirt and wear it, or put a cold towel in front of the fan and open a window.

“It could be climate change, there must be something in it. When I was younger, you could tell the seasons, but now it’s different.

Married couple John and Kate Clark are on holiday in Salisbury and admitted the weather was tiring and they had asked for a fan in the hotel room.

Kate said: ‘We manage but make sure we drink plenty of water. I don’t know if it’s related to climate change.

“We have heat waves, they are coming, I’m a little skeptical.”

Activity and temperature changes

Steve Romain of Bob’s Ices, based at Queen Elizabeth Gardens, said: “It’s a family business and I’ve been doing it for 25 years. It’s definitely warmer and more unpredictable.

“We had a bad August pattern, and it’s affecting us here in the park. We hope that this year the warm weather will last until the end.

“This last week, especially on weekends, business has picked up. For the best trade, we could do with that time in a week when the schools go their separate ways. If it is 40 degrees, it will be too much.

The orange weather warning indicates a possible risk of death or serious illness and is in place from midnight Saturday July 16 to midnight Sunday July 17.

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