Prague’s flip-flopping fall temperatures have given Anglo-American University students daily fashion dilemmas, taken time from their studies, and confused their seasonal coffee staples.
September was unable to choose a season—summer by day, winter by night—and those living in the city struggled to choose one outfit for both seasons.
“Usually I go to work in the mornings, and then, by like eleven o’clock-noon, I go home and change because it’s hot,” Madelynn Myke, AAU student, commented.
While some resorted to multiple outfits, like Myke, others were not enjoying the unique fashion opportunity.
“I usually love fall, but as someone who lives outside of Prague, I am usually in Prague all day, so I have to wear one outfit that fits all the weathers. So, that can be frustrating,” said Grace Nsoha.
Layering is supposed to be an autumn staple, but some say the constant changes are taking the fun out of it.
Hot coffee and pumpkin spice are also meant to be autumn go-to’s, but the temperatures have been encouraging a continuance of summer drink choices.
“We’re still selling iced lattes, loads of them, where in the past it would be all hot drinks,” Kieran Mulhall from Café de Taxis weighed in on the unusually high demand for iced drinks through September and early October.
The weather has also impacted study habits. Several students agreed that sunshine encourages the drive to study, while others conceded that they like darker, cozier environments to focus.
What they did agree on, though, was the challenge that comes with losing hours of daylight as Prague prepares itself for winter.
“The season change has affected my study habits more with the changing of the day span… I don’t like studying in the dark,” Louise Banks, an AAU student, revealed.
All of these changes and debates bring up one ever-growing concern: climate change.
This September was the hottest in Czech recorded history, with an average of 19.6 degrees Celsius in Prague.
“All plausible deniability behind climate change cannot really be a factor anymore. It’s a good wake-up call for people,” Tyler Roderick, AAU student, stated.
For those who are concerned about rising global temperatures and this seemingly endless summer, don’t lose hope. At least not in the short term: winter is coming.
Temperatures are steadily dropping, so students can finally plan on layering and enjoying hot pumpkin spice lattes.