Actually, I think I can, slightly. Went to Starbucks just now to get me a nice, piping-hot Pike to see me through the afternoon and evening, and checked the weather on my phone on the way in. It was 103, and “felt like” 105. Fortunately, my suit jacket was summer-weight. I’m not going to overdress for the weather or anything. My Mama didn’t raise no fools.
It didn’t feel that oppressive, though. Seemed like a crisp, clean sort of heat. But there may be something to this warning, which went a bit beyond the usual “heat advisory:”
…AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 9 PM TODAY… THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL HAS ISSUED AN AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY…IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 9 PM TODAY. A CODE ORANGE AIR QUALITY ALERT FOR OZONE HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE CENTRAL MIDLANDS REGION. THIS MEANS THAT GROUND LEVEL-OZONE CONCENTRATIONS WITHIN THE REGION WILL LIKELY EXCEED UNHEALTHY STANDARDS FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS. CODE ORANGE MEANS ACTIVE CHILDREN AND ADULTS…AND PEOPLE WITH RESPIRATORY DISEASE…SUCH AS ASTHMA…SHOULD LIMIT PROLONGED OUTDOOR EXERTION.
As it happened, by the time I got back to the office after making one other stop, in and out and in and out of air-conditioning, I felt a bit tight. No, not tight like too much to drink, tight the way asthma comes on — a slight constriction in the bronchi. Which is unusual these days, with the drugs I take. Normally totally under control.
No big deal. The hot caffeine has already taken care of it. But you can see how this would be bad for anyone with a real problem.
Did you feel it at all — any difficulty in breathing today?