Canicule is not so cool

There’s been a heat wave in southern France and the Rhone Valley for a while, but luckily it’s not as severe as the heat wave of 2003. Savoie isn’t in vigilance orange like the nearby départements of Rhône, Drôme, Ardèche or Vaucluse but it has been hotter than usual here. I can’t even remember the last time the daytime temperature was below 32 C / 90 F. We should get a break this Friday with showers, but before then it could reach 38 C / 100 F like it has been in Lyon.

I’ve basically been living in the dark lately. We keep the shutters closed constantly, though I did open them this afternoon to set the drying rack on the balcony. I nearly burned my feet on the hot cement, but at least our clothes dried in no time. My poor car is parked on the road, in the sunshine, so there’s no way I’m getting into it. Good thing I don’t actually need to go anywhere.

I cannot for the life of me figure out why my furrier than a chinchilla cat prefers to sleep outside on the balcony in this heat rather than lie on the cool tile floor. How does he stand it?

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  • http://kiwigirl-infrance.blogspot.com/ Kim

    Cats are crazy aren’t they? prefering to lay in the hottest spot, especially really furry ones, how they don’t get too hot amazes me!

    I see that its about 34°C in clermont-ferrand, too hot for me but up here in North Scotland, my summer has not been above 20°C! I’m looking forward to the warmth but how about a nice 24-25°C? I’d much rather that!

    Keep cool in the dark, I can’t wait to get back to some warmth!
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Lochness by air =-.

  • http://kiwigirl-infrance.blogspot.com/ Kim

    Cats are crazy aren’t they? prefering to lay in the hottest spot, especially really furry ones, how they don’t get too hot amazes me!

    I see that its about 34°C in clermont-ferrand, too hot for me but up here in North Scotland, my summer has not been above 20°C! I’m looking forward to the warmth but how about a nice 24-25°C? I’d much rather that!

    Keep cool in the dark, I can’t wait to get back to some warmth!
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Lochness by air =-.

  • http://life-with-a-seaview.blogspot.com/ astrid

    I can’t wait for the friday to come with at least 6 degrees less according to the meteo… Phew! Melting down here!
    .-= astrid´s last blog ..Looking Back =-.

  • http://life-with-a-seaview.blogspot.com astrid

    I can’t wait for the friday to come with at least 6 degrees less according to the meteo… Phew! Melting down here!
    .-= astrid´s last blog ..Looking Back =-.

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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