We had the misfortune to visit Zurich on what were probably the hottest days of the year in that city. With daily temperatures averaging in the mid-30s (centigrade) and humidity to boot, it was truly a “searing” experience to be walking the city streets and exploring the sights and sounds of the Old Town. However on days like these, Zurichians head off to the lake or sit outside in shaded sidewalk tables to enjoy what is probably those few days in the year where residents feel they are in the tropics.