Monday, 12 July 2010
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.