J'en connais qui vont être heureux aujourd'hui. Certain people I know will be very happy with today's weather. Some people like and are used to hellish temperatures.
Yesterday our high temperature was in the upper 80s F. We recorded 30.5ºC on our thermometer, and that's already pretty hot. This morning at 6:30, our thermometer is still reading 21.5ºC, or about 71ºF. That would be a nice — and not abnormal — high temperature for a summer day here in Saint-Aignan.
Instead, MétéoFrance and France 2 télévision are predicting a high of 39ºC in Tours today. The city of Tours is about 60 km/35 mi. west of Saint-Aignan. Oh, 39º is over 100ºF. 102.2ºF, to be precise.
This is not a canicule, or an official heat wave, they are telling us. For it to qualify as a canicule — "dog days" — daytime and nighttime temperatures have to be well above normal for at least three days in a row.
What we're having today is just a pic de chaleur — a heat spike. A mini-heat wave of short duration. Hot air coming up from the Sahara. Temperatures are supposed to plummet again tomorrow and on Wednesday, with rain coming in off the Atlantic Ocean. We need the rain, still.
We don't have air-conditioning at our house, but I'll be in the car during the hottest part of the day. We do have AC in the little Peugeot. I have an afternoon appointment with a cardiologist in Blois. It's a first visit, purely for informational and preventive purposes. In other words, I feel fine, except for the heat.