The temperature around these parts is hovering well up in the 100s. Severe heat warnings are announced for whole weeks at at time, not even letting up at night. This is the kind of weather that can hurt people.
What's weird is that we aren't seeing many heat-related injuries in the ER. We have had a few, but not nearly as many as were expected from such a big heat wave. And all of the ones I've seen have been guys who work outdoors, who don't have the option of getting out of the heat.
I think might be hot enough that people are realizing the danger.
When it's 95 degrees out, you know it's hot, but it doesn't seem threatening. That's when people go and do yard work, thinking they'll be fine as long as they hurry. Or they decide to go up and clean the gutters, because it's sunny out and he won't get rained on. Next thing you know, Dad got dizzy and fell off the ladder, and Grandma is passed out in the peonies. Those days, the ER is busy.
But when the official temperature is one-hundred-and-ass degrees, and peeking out into the sunlight makes your hair burst into flame, I guess even the most lawn-obsessed suburbanite is going to retreat into the a/c and leave his mower in the garage. They stay home, I have an easy day at work, and everybody wins.
People might really be acting intelligently. Maybe there's hope for the species yet.