Talking about the weather — usually complaining about it — is almost a right for folks in this province, and of course Labrador West.
There were a lot of complaints back in May when conditions were less than ideal, but in recent weeks warm temperatures well above norms for the end of July and early August had people seeking shelter from the heat and humidity.
Many people were surprised at temperatures that stayed around 25 to 30 degrees, with the humidex above that.
One particular day, there was a reading of 31 while that same day temperatures in parts of Portugal (which is usually burning up at that time) was a mere 22.
Back in Labrador City people told The Aurora they sought out places that were air conditioned. At one point bottled water was in short supply in the town and lots of shoppers could be seen leaving stores with fans and small air conditioning units.
Sloan Powell just chilled at Splash Park in the centennial playground with his mom, and friends.
“I like this on hot days,” he told The Aurora.
So did many others who also headed to Tanya Beach for a chance to cool off in the lake, or to take small boats and kayaks out for a spin to beat the heat.
While some had the audacity to actually complain that it was too hot — it’s not the heat it’s the humidity, most would say — a gentle reminder that in possibly less than three months people may be able to cross-country ski around Tanya Lake, where they sweltered a short time ago.