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Hot, Hot, Hot

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Gaîté on Saturday night.

More Rude History

by Ric Erickson

Paris:– Monday, 30. May 2005:– We are lucky that there was any weather news tonight. France had a brilliant election yesterday and the outcome was so astonishing that nobody can talk about anything else, and they are doing it by the dozens on the streets, in the Métro, in supermarkets, in barber shops and poodle parlors, in bars and cafés, over the radio and on all TV channels, nonstop.

This is so interesting that I almost forgot to watch for tonight's TV–weather news so it caught me by surprise with my mouth full. By great good chance the coming weather is not a bit complicated, it will not be extraordinary if it holds to the forecast, and it will not feature rain, rain, rain, or be hot, hot, hot.

Tomorrow is going to dawn, pretty much like every day after today, kind of early in the morning, about 05:55. It will be semi–cloudy to begin with and then it will switch to be semi–sunny for a while, after which it might be mostly sunny, except for some clouds. As nice as we're warned it could be, it may be no warmer than 19 degrees.

Wednesday might even be more simple, with a forecast for semi–sunny all day. But you might likephoto, breakfast in paris Wednesday because the temperature is supposed to hop up to 22 degrees. Thursday has a good chance of being even more simple, exactly like Wednesday, but with a high of 23 degrees. On both days there will be some clouds up along the Channel but that is so far away that they might as well be in Holland.

Déjeuner of Montparnassians.

The TV–weather news didn't mention Friday but Le Parisien thinks it will be more simple again than Wednesday and Thursday, maybe with more degrees, just as much sunshine, tiny little clouds, and clear up by the Channel.

Over on left side of the Atlantic Jim Auman sends a personally– experienced view of weather without mentioning what it will be like in New York between now and next Thursday, which is not 'le weekend' anyway. Here is Jim's exciting report:–

L'Exception Américaine

On Friday the northeaster had enough of Pommeland and la ville aux fèves and left, leaving these towns in the care of a relative Thermidor. Temperatures in Pommeland reached 80 degrees anglograd – 27 eurograd – accompanied by a yellow object in the sky. On Saturday, the temperatures dropped 10 degrees anglograd – 5 degrees eurograd – along with rain in the afternoon. The chief groundhog weather forecaster is predicting temperatures in the low 70's anglograd – 22–23 eurograd. Sunday, millions of speed fans are watching the Indianapolis 500 race which features cars driven around a circular track over and over again at high speeds for 500 anglomiles.

Café Life

A Hot Time In the Whole Town

I am bathing in glorious self–admiration for the stunning accuracy of the weather forecast I had the guts to pass on along with the last Café Metropole Club report. In it, after getting the details from the TV–weather news, I predicted a high temperature for Friday of 33 degrees.

According to Saturday's Le Parisien, the thermometre topped out at 32.6 degrees at 16:00 in Paris. Their headline for the day was, 'Chaud, chaud, chaud!' which was accurate but doesn't sound quite asphoto, square vert galant nifty as 'hot, hot hot!' Since it is not mentioned, this was probably not a record for the date. One was set in Clermont– Ferrand, with 31.4 degrees, the hottest 27. May since 1923, which was also when Météo France started keeping numbers.

Loungers littering park's green.

Normally May is a month full of long weekends so normally the weather is less special than normal, and 'normal' is nothing special. In fact it can be quite cold in May. For that matter it can be cool in June and cold in July, and really awful in August. Having a two–week heat wave in August is really rare, and any days with temperatures over 30 degrees are exceptional.

Personally, I prefer temperatures that are exceptionally high rather than exceptionally low. For one thing I can open the window without freezing to death. If I could, I'd leave the windows open all year round and wear short sleeved shirts with bananas on them.

Well, Friday was our May heat wave. It wasn't so sunny on Saturday but the temperature went higher than my forecast. Sunday was much lower and a few drops fell while folks were voting. When the 55 percent who were winners went out to celebrate at Bastille, it was raining.

Friday and Saturday, 3 and 4. June

I thought I was getting an invitation to Barcelona, but instead it is an invitation to see La Mekanica's production of Rui Silveira's 'Insider' right here next weekend. This is part of the Festival Portugais, with the show beginning at 18:30, at the Point Ephémère, 200. Quai de Valmy, Paris 10. Métro: Jaurès or Louis Blanc. InfoTel.: 01 40 34 02 48.

Sunday, 5. June

There is to be some sort of 'a grande fête sportive' on the Champs–Elysées next Sunday, to have something to do with Paris' bid for the summer Olympics in 2012. Last week they were filming a cast of thousands in costumes capering around the Arc de Triomphe, possibly as a preview of a Parisian reaction to getting the games. While I don't have times for this on hand, you should know that Paris is hosting a baseball championship from Tuesday, 21. June until Sunday, 26. June.

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