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I just read this article in the Stars and Stripes today (I sure hope summer 2007 is not like 2003):<br><br>
Early heat in Europe may lead to long, hot dry summer<br><br><br>
By Sandra Jontz, Stars and Stripes<br>
European edition, Saturday, April 28, 2007<br><br><br><br>
No, you didn’t forget to flip the calendar forward: It really is only April.<br><br>
And while the gym mirror might indicate it’s still a wee bit early for some to don a bathing suit, the barometer measures a whole different reflection.<br><br>
It’s hot. Summer’s here.<br><br>
Enjoy it while you can, experts warn, because Europe could pay the price for the unseasonable, clothes-shedding weather so early in the season.<br><br>
France, Belgium, Italy, England, Germany and the Netherlands, for example, are experiencing some of the warmest and driest seasons.<br><br>
“Central Europe is experiencing one of the driest Aprils on record, [and] the outlook for the remainder of the summer is for conditions warmerand drier than normal, but that doesn’t account for precipitation occurring because of thunderstorms,” said Harold Strauss, a resident climatologist with the 21st Operational Weather Squadron based in Sembach, Germany.<br><br>
In Italy, officials warned consumers to expect price increases for fresh fruits and vegetables because of historically low water levels and drought conditions, particularly in the fertile north.<br><br>
The Po Valley, in northern Italy, is experiencing a “severe drought,” Strauss said.<br><br>
Italian government officials are bracing for a hotter-than-usual summer that could be marked by rolling power outages, water restrictions and increases in the cost of goods and services, according to several Italian news accounts.<br><br>
The winter was much drier than usual. It snowed less in the Alps, thus limiting the spring runoff that provides a source of water.<br><br>
Italy enacted rolling power outages in 2003, when the last drought hit the Mediterranean nation, and soaring temperatures taxed the nation’s power grids.<br><br>
U.S. military bases in southern Italy, which has seen rainfall over the past few days, have not enacted any kind of water restrictions or noted any problems with availability of water, but officials continue to monitor situations, base officials said.<br><br>
Spain recently lifted its drought warning, and Naval Station Rota has seen its wettest winter in at least five years, base spokesman Lt. Mike Morley said. However, restrictions limiting lawn watering to evening and night hours remain in place, he said.<br><br>
Ana Gato, 20, said she couldn’t be happier with the warmer temperatures in Naples, Italy.<br><br>
“As soon as it got warm, I broke out the flip-flops and my summer clothes,” said the Miami native, who was depressed last winter because of colder temperatures than she’s used to. “I’ve already been to the beach. The water was a bit cold, but the sand gets nice and warm. I love this and can’t wait for it to get hotter.”<br><br>
While there have been some reports of drought-like conditions in Germany, Army officials there say they have not been notified by German authorities about any possible water restrictions.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/goorganic.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="go organic">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/saynovax.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="no vax"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/toddler.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="toddler">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/fly-by-nursing1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Fly By Nursing1"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/fambedsingle1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Fambedsingle1">
 

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yes, the news over here has also been warning about a "sahara summer." However, Germans are used to pretty cool temps, so a "sahara summer" (our first was like that in 2003) is consistently warm temps in the 80s for the summer's duration. The hard part, and where it gets dangerous, is in produce and energy prices. The infrastructure just isn't there to accomodate for the consistently warm temps. That said, I'm accustomed to a central VA or NYC summer, so perhaps my viewpoint is skewed.<br><br>
Bring your shorts and T-shirts!
 

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It has been 25 celsius here for the past couple of days, not that hot really, but when the buses and stores are not air conditioned and don't have windows that open, it makes it seem hotter. (ok, so I'm a spoiled American!)<br>
You know what is weird for me - I am pregnant with my 4th, and each time I have been pregnant we have had record-breaking heat during the summers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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In CA, where I currently live, we have hot summers...however, the coast is only 45 minutes away and last summer I went to the beach a lot. Also, everyone has central AC, so it is not bad at all. I have gone to Palm Springs many times in the summer. One time, the hotel valet man stated "Oh, it is only 115 today. Yesterday was 117." He was serious too!!! Palm Springs does know how to do heat...everywhere has great AC and most places have these wonderful misters so you get misted going in and out of establishments.
 

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There aren't many places with a/c in Germany. Except on the military bases and my husband's office.
 
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