Berlin: Some like it hot

Posted on July 24, 2006

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by michael scott moore 

You, wherever you are, might think you’re having a heat wave. But Berlin has been like a Swedish sauna for two weeks. It’s hard to believe this place ever gets cold. I’ll admit London may be worse ("The London underground system, the oldest in the world, was a furnace on Tuesday with a record temperature of 47 C"), but the heat in Berlin somehow manages to be humid and dry at the same time — muggy thunderstorm weather that the stone buildings and sandy ground trap and radiate into the sky at night. July may be the hottest month here in a century. If this keeps up 2006 may also be sunnier than 2003, which was especially hard on the French but produced some of the best German Riesling in almost fifty years.