Monday, 12 July 2010

Plavání Zakázáno!

In common with many other parts of Europe, it's turning out to be a bit of a scorcher in Prague this week, with temperatures in the mid -thirties - higher in the heart of the city, of course. And it was clearly all too much for this gentleman, who quite understandably chose not to notice the 'No Drowning' sign which the council had so thoughtfully provided.

How relaxed he looks, in contrast to passers-by like yours truly, who were all scurrying inside to win that precious piece of shade. As I write this post in the wee hours of Monday morning, 22 degrees of warmth are still hovering outside my wide-open window. With no breeze, sleeping may be tough.

The highest temperature ever recorded in Prague - and also for the Czech Republic as a whole - was 40.2°C (104.4°F) in Uhříněves in July 1983. Given the country's continental climate, it's unsurprising that diametrically opposed readings have been taken in the winter: in 1929 they experienced a record low of -42.2°C!

Out of courtesy to our swimmer and his mid-afternoon reverie, I shall naturally not reveal where today's picture was taken. More from the hot centre of Europe tomorrow.


Luis Gomez said...

Great post! Although it would be lovely to have 22 degrees since we have been in the upper 20. Today we are still in 29. It is very hot and humid here!

Boom Nisanart said...

Great captured !!!

Inverness Daily Photo said...

It is 16 deg C here and raining!

Jilly said...

This is hysterical Alex. Bravo to you for capturing swimmer and sign - perhaps he's just floating and that's allowed!

Jilly said...

Oh.... is that a No Drowning sign? I think my brain is on back to front today cos I thought it was a no swimming sign. Duh! Or it's you being funny. Don't you hate people who don't get jokes!

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