After watching NASA’s video about 2014 breaking the record for the hottest year (before 2015 broke that record shortly after) I immediately thought about my last summer spent back home in Rome, Italy. In Italy, every year on August 15th, we have a holiday called Ferragosto, where everyone takes an entire week off of work to go to the beach due to the increasingly warm weather. Ferragosto has been tradition since Before Christ and something most, if not all, Italians participate in.
Due to the increasingly warm weather, however, most people left work for the beach an entire week before the actual date of Ferragosto. In Rome, air conditioning is not common, so I remember it being way too hot to do anything except go to the pool. It is interesting that climate change and the greenhouse effect is starting to also affect things like tradition, even internationally!