If you’re a resident of Ontario, you’ve likely noticed that this past couple of weeks have been something out of a sci-fi film regarding the temperatures we are experiencing. With the humidity causing temperatures to feel like 40 degrees Celsius and higher, it’s a bit understandable if you’ve found yourself trying to come up with new and innovative excuses to abstain from going outside.
For those of us who work outdoors, the heatwave we are finding ourselves in has, without a doubt, been noticed. When there is sweat dripping in areas of the body where sweat shouldn’t drip by 9am, it’s safe to say working in these conditions literally feels like you’ve taken a brief trip to the depths of hell.
The days in which I haven’t been at the golf course and have been working on the farm in this heat have quite literally kicked my ass. I’m finding that my energy level simply isn’t comparable to what it would be in cooler temperatures, and after working outside for an entire day, I’ve noticed myself feeling lethargic, light-headed and nauseous. I’m making sure to consume a copious amount of water and am taking breaks, but when it’s this hot, there isn’t much we can do to stay cool.
That being said, I wanted to use this post as a bit of a reminder, in a way, to be extra grateful for the people who are working outdoors in this heat. Whether it be garbage collectors, roofers, factory workers, landscapers, farmers, or construction workers, any person working outdoors these days, regardless of their profession, deserves a medal for their committed hard work. I would imagine that those of who are working outside right now aren’t doing so by choice, but rather by obligation, and we can be incredibly grateful for their efforts in these hellish temperatures.