If you thought it was hot last week in Birmingham, you should have been in Leeds.
The BBC website forecast a minimum temperature of 188 degrees C last Friday for Yorkshire's largest city - and I thought it was supposed to be cold up north.
Mind you, the site forecast snow in Birmingham the week before, despite claming the same day would see a minimum temperature of 24 degrees C!
Clearly there is something up with the Beeb's servers, and like many others around the world they must be suffering from overheating.
On Monday teen social networking site MySpace.com succumbed to California's record July temperatures and went 'awol' for twelve hours. The site was down so long the LAPD suspected it had been abducted by paedophiles.
Typepad.com left the blogosphere for ten hours last week too, due to similar over-heating issues, silencing thousands of bloggers. Type-Pad administrators inform users that it had lost all their posts during the outage. In most cases of course, this would have only slightly reduced their readership.
WebXpress was hit last week too, with several heat-related power outages, although mercifully not in the server room. It turns out we had one too many portable air-conditioning units plugged into the ring mains. Every time someone used the kettle in the kitchen all the PCs stopped working!
Rather than turn off even one of our precious life giving chillers, we resigned ourselves to not drinking tea until the heat wave is over and vowed to take global warming more seriously - especially now that it is interfering with our consumption of the national beverage.
It is also good to know that the Kyoto-ignoring, carbonemitting Yanks are suffering in the heat too. Top US global-warming computer modeller, Kevin Trenberth, admitted on his blog:
"I think there are very good reasons to believe that the current US heat wave is at least partly caused by global warming."
He went on to say that, in his opinion, the number of air-conditioning units running at WebXpress was contributing significantly to the global problem.
However, in reality, the online industry does needs to take some of the blame.
Thanks to the rapid growth of the internet massive server centres are popping up all over the planet, Not only do they consume large amounts of power, but roughly the same power again is needed to keep them in the air conditioned luxury they require.
But the consumer demand for ever more powerful PCs to surf the net is doing the real damage.
According to the Environment Agency the average PC consumes ten times its own weight in fuel and chemicals during manufacture. Clearly the best solution is to make a lighter computer!
Failing that we need to keep our old computers longer and favour brands offering upgrade options that involve keeping more than just the monitor and keyboard.
* Chris is managing director of Internet consultancy WAA WebXpress. This and other unedited articles can be found at webxpress.com.