And even in the UK, the heat can be problematic for older people, leading to bodies like the NHS, the charity Age UK, and the Royal Voluntary Service all issuing advice for the elderly when the temperatures rise.
Drinking six to eight glasses of water or fruit juices a day
Dressing appropriately, such as in a hat and loose-fitting, light-coloured clothes
Staying out of the sun during hottest parts of the day
“You sure wouldn’t want to be in Australia in the middle of summer. Walk outside and you’ll look like a shrimp on the Barbie,” writes Julie Rae, while Mark Whiting scoffs that Britons “need to get out more”.
He also mentions how the town of Birdsville “nudges the 50C mark”.
However, a few people commenting on that same story have offered a more understanding point of view.
Lawton Rose points out that “the UK is just not built for this sort of weather”, while Australian Daniel Richardson also posted that hot weather feels like “a different kind of heat when you live in an old city designed to mostly just handle cold”.
Perhaps those Aussies with scathing views of Brits sweltering in the heat are grumpy because it’s their winter right now. Just take a look at Bondi Beach.