Standing in the fresh and cool breeze under the cloudless azure sky, many people remember various happenings they experienced in summer.
Among them are memories of the disgusting heat in which they were soaked in sweat, but some of them are very impressive stories.
In July and August temperature and atmospheric humidity rose in the DPRK under the influence of subtropical high-pressure area, resulting in a long spell of sultry weather.
Extreme high temperatures began on July 12, with the atmospheric humidity being over 70 percent and the highest temperature in daytime over 33℃ all over the country. And some areas including the northern inland area recorded 80 percent humidity and the highest temperature of over 35℃ in daytime.
In this connection, newspapers, broadcasts, TVs and even loudspeaker cars mobilized by local governments repeatedly cautioned the public against extreme heatwave so that they could take appropriate steps beforehand for their healthcare.
Unusual sights were seen in each tramcar and trolley bus station.
Employees of nearby public service facilities brought cold soup and towels wetted in cold water to the drivers and conductors.
“The bus stopped at the station just for a few minutes, but we were deeply moved. We were grateful to them and felt proud that we were working for them. And it gave us a great deal of encouragement to overcome the heat,” said Kim Myong Sun, conductor of trolleybus No. 522 of the Pyongyang Thermal Power Station-West Pyongyang Railway Station line.
More impressive are the stories about household doctors who were busier than anyone else for the healthcare of families in their charge.
They conducted vigorous hygienic information activities about healthcare in sultry weather and left for home only after checking if there was anyone suffering from heatstroke in the families under their charge and taking measures for medical treatment.
“In the morning an official from the district people’s committee came to ask if we have enough water and repeatedly requested me to refrain from going out. And in the evening the head of our neighbourhood unit and doctor in charge visited and examined me and wrote their telephone numbers in big letters, asking me to call them if I do not feel well. I cannot forget their images,” said Ri Kun Nyo, an old woman living in Hungbu-dong, Moranbong District.