Why does Europe not install air conditioners after experiencing historically high temperatures?

  In Western European countries, it is possible that the air conditioner is really not what you want to install, and you can install it.
  An unprecedented heat wave has swept across Europe in the past two days.
  On July 19, local time, 21 European countries issued a high temperature warning. Open the official website of the British “Daily Mail”, and the high temperature has made headlines – “the hottest day in history, the temperature in the UK is as high as 40.2 ℃”. In the capital, London, the temperature broke local records, exceeding 40°C for the first time.
  France, across the sea from the United Kingdom, also observed the second-hottest high temperature on record. Over the past week, high temperatures have spread across France. In the Gironde department in southwestern France, 20,000 hectares of forest were hit by wildfires. The fire ravaged the forest and more than 37,000 people were evacuated.

Extreme heat causes forest fires in southwest France

  In recent mornings, Lola (pseudonym), a Chinese student in Paris, has been woken up by the heat. When I woke up and looked at my phone, I found that it was not yet 9 o’clock, but the temperature outside was approaching 35°C.
  These European countries have made forecasts earlier, but this time the heat wave is obviously beyond the imagination of many people. “Everyone is mentally prepared for the arrival of the high temperature, but yesterday (19th) was too hot. Walking outside, I felt like I was about to ‘hot’,” Lola told Xinmin Weekly.
  Fortunately, high temperatures in Europe are not the norm. These countries that have experienced a wave of historically high temperatures will gradually experience cooling.
Tradition without air conditioning

  European people are slightly embarrassed in the face of the latest round of record high temperatures, which has a lot to do with the “historical tradition” that many countries do not have air conditioners.
  For so many years before, Europeans did not have the habit of installing air conditioners, first of all because it is usually not too hot there. Most Western European countries have a temperate oceanic climate, mild and humid, and the four seasons are not significantly different.
  Taking London as an example, the average temperature in summer is 20°C, and it is rarely below 0°C in winter. Scotland is relatively cooler. Even in the hottest month of July, the average temperature is more than 20 degrees Celsius. Compared to the UK, France is a little hotter, but the maximum temperature usually doesn’t exceed 30°C.

  But on July 19 this year, in Charthall, Scotland, the temperature reached 34.8°C. This is already a record for Scotland, and the last time they encountered such high temperatures was back in 2003. Therefore, the 35°C and 40°C that southern China is accustomed to in summer is indeed considered a historically high temperature for them.
  Then it must be said that in Western European countries, air conditioners may not be installed as you want, and you can install them. Troublesome and complicated procedures and high labor costs are all obstacles for people to install air conditioners.
  Take France, for example, the apartment building where Lola lives in Paris. Here, the installation of external air conditioners belongs to the French regulations of “renovation of building exterior walls visible in public spaces”, and must be approved by the owners’ committee.
  This means that if you want to install an air conditioner in your home in the summer, you have to call all your neighbors upstairs and downstairs, and then everyone votes together, and they may not agree to let you install it. This is unimaginable in China in 2022. Our online shopping has become highly developed. As long as you place an order with your fingers, the air conditioner can be delivered to your home. Every summer is the busiest season for air-conditioning masters.
  In addition to these formalities, installing air conditioners in France is also a huge sum of money.
  A French quotation website has estimated the cost of various types of air conditioners. Based on a house of 100 square meters, if air conditioners are installed in both the bedroom and living room, the average cost is 5,500 euros (about 37,000 yuan).
  Lola said that if you want to install a wall-mounted air conditioner in a 15-square-meter apartment, it will cost about 2,000 euros (about 13,600 yuan) from purchase to installation.
  On the one hand, it is cumbersome and expensive to install air conditioners, on the other hand, Western Europe is still very cool most of the time, and the high temperature is only accidental. Taking the two into consideration, most people still give up the air conditioner and choose to boil it hard when the temperature is high. After all, the high temperature is at most two weeks a year.
  Europeans are also having a hard time going out in hot weather recently, because their old public transportation often does not have air conditioning. Sometimes when the high temperature encounters a bus, subway, power outage or other troubles, it will collapse even more.
  According to the French BFM TV report, on July 18, local time, during the morning rush hour on Monday, the Paris Metro RER B and D lines suddenly stopped during operation because of suspected people on the track. The subway stopped halfway through, and as a result, passengers were trapped underground for hours.
  ”It was hell. The accident happened about 8:20 in the morning and we stayed in the subway until 12:30. Someone lost patience and walked along the tracks in the dark for half an hour to the next station. .” A Parisian said in an interview with BFM TV that day.
  In any case, this round of high temperatures in European countries will slowly ease after July 20, and temperatures in France and the United Kingdom will fall back to normal levels in previous years.
  But with global climate change, high temperatures are becoming more and more frequent. Will there be a day in the future when air conditioners will also become a necessity in European countries?

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