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10 Things Everyone in Brighton Knows About Living Through The Heatwave

10 Things Everyone in Brighton Knows About Living Through The Heatwave
Kim Ayling
  • On July 26, 2018

As we are all very, very aware, the UK has been gripped by a heatwave like no other in recent weeks, with temperatures in some parts of the country soaring to an incredible 37°C.

Of course there’s no place like Brighton in the summer, but even for the most dedicated sun worshippers, this many weeks worth of ongoing heat can become a tiny bit much to handle…

  1. Iced Coffee has become a way of life. Gone are the days of glugging a piping hot espresso on your way to work, coffee is now only acceptable when accompanied by ice cubes, or even better, with creamy vanilla ice cream. Affogato’s have become our go to order.
  2. Anywhere between the two piers being an absolute no-go zone. Any day above 25°C inevitably means everyone within a 50 mile radius of Brighton jumps on the train and flocks down to our lovely beach – making it just a little cramped. But, take a little walk past either pier and you will find the luxury of some room to pop your towel down.
  3. The relief of not having to commute… Yes it’s hot, but knowing you don’t need to start and end your day with a joyful hour on a cramped train with no air-con, and a lingering smell of someone’s dinner makes it all just a little more bearable.
  4. … The horror of having to commute. Please let’s spare a moment to think of the brave souls who are forced to spend at least an hour every day in the oven that is a train to London during a heatwave.
  5. £4 ice-creams suddenly seeming like a bargain. The rest of the year, breaking your bank for an admittedly delicious scoop of an exotic-flavoured scoop of ice-cream feels ridiculous, but in the height of this heatwave, £4 for five minutes of cooling delight feels like an absolute bargain, keep ’em coming.
  6. Wishing there was an adult equivalent of the kid’s paddling pool on the seafront. Okay, yes the sea is basically a giant paddling pool, but walking past the paddling pool makes us long for the opportunity to just stop and have a little paddle in a nice, ankle-deep oasis.
  7. Being grateful that everywhere is within walking distance. Never before has the compact nature of Brighton being such a relief. For most of us work, town, shops and most importantly, the beach, are accessible by foot, meaning we don’t need to endure sweaty public transport – imagine having to rely on the tube in this weather.
  8. Aperol Spritz is now your go-to drink. It is without a doubt the most summery drink in the world, and Brighton is currently hotter than Rome, so the Italian aperitif is basically the only drink to order (minus water of course, please don’t forget water).
  9. Worshipping your fan during the hot nights. If you were one of the lucky few who managed to buy a fan before basically every shop in the UK sold out, you will understand that sleeping would basically be impossible without the luxury of your beloved fan.
  10. Finally, struggling to remember what winter feels like. Surely it didn’t snow last winter? Surely I’ll never wear a coat again? Surely it will never drop below 20°C ever again? Nope, this is just how we live now.

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