Prague citizens struggle to cope with extreme temperatures
Many parts of Europe have been hit by a heat wave and the Czech Republic is no exception, with record temperatures recorded in different parts of the country this week. How are people coping with the extreme heat? Praguers who can get away from their jobs are fleeing to the countryside. But tourists and those who must work in the scorching city are not so lucky.
"I try to go to a park and walk under the trees; it's very hot, so I try to stay in the shade."
"It is very, very, very hot at the moment, and it is coming near to the middle of the day. I just keep drinking lots water and I have a map with which to fan myself with, and I walk slowly"
Although the pubs and garden terraces may see a boost in business due to this heat, other businesses are not faring so well. Services which require that people stay outside in the sun do better in cooler weather because people are more likely to use them. A carriage driver from the Old Town square explains why he sees less business and how his horses are able to stand the heat.
Most people are able to duck into a pub or a café at some point during the day. However, Prague city police must perform their duty, for nine hours a day, patrolling the smouldering streets. Head of administration for Prague 1 police, Miroslav Stejskal explains some technicalities, which make their jobs that much harder.
Clerks in some stores are not doing any better than those working outside, at a local beer shop in Prague; the clerk explains why he has no air conditioning.
"Air conditioning in this season is sold out. This is an old building and we can't put a hole into the wall for the air conditioner. The small ones are sold out, so now we are waiting for one."
The biggest problem during heat waves is dehydration, which can result in fainting, light-headedness, and collapse. The Prague city police are aware and prepared for the consequences of the heat for those who are not able to handle it. Miroslav Stejskal explains how the police and their vehicles are equipped to deal with the most pressing health problems.
The heat wave is expected to last throughout the weekend. For those staying in town for the weekend, remember to drink lots of fluid, try to stay out of the sun and try to get near some water.