03 January 2008
Big freeze - Mexican style
I don't know what the weather is like in England at the moment, but here in Mexico City the thermometer is registering three below zero. I think the words "fucking" and " cold" are appropriate at times like this.
To make matter worse, the houses are not built for warmth, what with their high ceilings and tiled floors. Shops and other small commercial premises are even worse off because the whole front is usually a roller shutter that lifts up when the business is open. They tend to have a large rear window to allow air to circulate. This is great when the weather is normal, but minus zero is not normal for this city.
I have dusted off the electric heaters that we use on rare occasions like this, but most people don't have them, so there are going to be a lot of very cold people getting through tonight as best they can.
If the cold front lifts over the next day or so then not much harm will have been done. If it doesn't then we can expect the death toll to start rising as the very old and the very young succumb to Mother Nature's idea of New Year fun.