by Zoë Pollock
Way too fucking hot. But in case you're more mathematically inclined, Kay Saunders demonstrates a cool trick from the Old Farmer's Almanac:
To convert cricket chirps to degrees Fahrenheit, count number of chirps in 14 seconds then add 40 to get temperature. For example: 30 chirps + 40 = 70° F
To convert cricket chirps to degrees Celsius, count number of chirps in 25 seconds, divide by 3, then add 4 to get temperature. For example: 48 chirps / 3 + 4 = 20° C
Kate Sheppard reminds us that though there have been 575 weather-related deaths this year, mostly from tornadoes in the Southeast and Midwest, "heat still kills more people in the US in an average year—claiming more than 1,500 lives."