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Che Caldo! 

Ciao amici,

Come state? Al riparo dal caldo, spero.

I was in Florence in the early 2000s when there was an alarming heatwave where the temperature stayed at or near 33°C (91.4°F) for a long stretch. It was remembered for years later, particularly in the wine world because these vintages weren’t great due to the excessive heat.

Last week temperatures in Florence reached 42°C (107.6

°F) and along with humidity, the perceived temperature was 45°C (113°F). Aside from the obvious climate emergency - it's TBD for the 2022 vintage in Chianti.

I find this list of caldo (hot) vocabulary and expressions necessary for times like these:

  • Che caldo! It’s hot!

  • Avere caldo To be hot

  • A sangue caldo (with hot blood) in the heat of the moment

  • Caldo bestia (beastly heat): It’s stinking hot

  • Un periodo caldo (a hot time): A busy time

  • Ondata di caldo: Heatwave

  • A botte calda (a hot hit): to be shocked/surprised by something

I hope that everyone is staying cool, if not in the AC then on the beach!

Un abbraccio,



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