I can only bring myself to write about the heat now because it has cooled right down. This time last week I was out and about for most of the day.

What should have been a pleasant walk between appointments and a jolly lunch led to fear that I was going to melt, and the last thing you want to read about when you are hot is being hot.

Note to self: during the next heatwave, read a book on Antarctica.

In the meantime, the July heatwave began something of a discussion on whether London should follow the example of continental cities and shut down for August, leaving only frazzled tourists to tough it out.

That argument has been slightly dampened by plummeting temperatures as we hit August, but I doubt we are quite geared up for such things anyway.

In most countries, everyone (bar old people left behind to rot in a record-breaking heat wave) decamps to the coast during the summer.

So here in the UK we will all need our own little bolthole, but can these small islands cope with the strain? There is only so much space in Cornwall and Devon after all, or will Skegness get an image makeover?

It is not the only thing we cannot cope with when it warms up. As it is just three years since we last had record-breaking temperatures, how long will it be before we accept that it is simply going to get hotter and adjust the way we live and work accordingly?

Will air conditioning come as standard, could siestas be part of the working day, will public buildings be turned into 'cooling centres' as places of refuge from the heat, and will we finally learn to resist the Englishman's desire to be 'out in the midday sun'?

And more to the point, should preparing for the heat be something that is factored into the emergency planning of councils and trusts? I would be intrigued to hear what readers think.