Forty Celsius, like that helps

A hundred and four yesterday, and it stayed at 100° or higher for a good seven hours. This is bearable, just, but cooling off after dark seems to be theoretical at best: I made my trip down to the curb to retrieve the Sunday paper this morning, circa 5 am, and it was still sorta sweaty out there. (Sunrise comes around 6:40 these days.) From the looks of things, the heat isn’t going away any time soon.

None of this is especially remarkable for this part of the world, this time of the year, but it does wear on you: I knocked out about twenty-five minutes of yard work yesterday, and afterwards I felt like I’d been swimming in potato soup.





9 comments

  1. Tatyana »

    3 August 2008 · 4:40 pm

    Plenty of water, preferably slightly carbonized.
    Yardwork will not run away even if you skip a few days, let it be!

    Better write some more (from airconditioned inside) about amusing and delightful subjects, like parrots..and shoes..or just some of your brand one-liners!

  2. CGHill »

    3 August 2008 · 4:54 pm

    Actually, this was the stuff I skipped last weekend when it was 99.

  3. Tatyana »

    3 August 2008 · 6:02 pm

    …and skipping yet another weekend will not bring the end of the world.
    Sometimes it’s perfectly OK just permit yourself a bit of laziness.
    I’m saying it as a known perfectionist.

  4. CGHill »

    3 August 2008 · 6:43 pm

    It’s one of those OCD things: if the yard isn’t just so, I feel uneasy about spreading the ol’ blanket and soaking up the sun, which is one of my favorite types of laziness. So I did just enough to make it look like I hadn’t completely neglected the area.

    Then again, in this heat, I don’t want to spend too much time on the blanket, lest I be fried to a crackly crunch.

  5. Tatyana »

    3 August 2008 · 6:54 pm

    As long as you know when to stop.
    Can you believe I haven’t been to a beach this summer, yet?
    No blanket spreading, no sunblock smearing, no listening to the waves (my favorite type of laziness).
    So much for living on the island.

  6. CGHill »

    3 August 2008 · 7:11 pm

    I have been, at least up to now, an astute judge of the onset of burn; the only time I’ve come close in the last five years was the Day of Wreckening in the summer of ’06, when I spent three hours in the sun waiting for a tow back to the city, and the only thing that came close to being scorched was the top of my head, which isn’t exactly overrun with natural cover these days.

    Not that I suffer from inordinate amounts of vanity, but I truly hate looking like I’ve been inside all year.

  7. CGHill »

    3 August 2008 · 8:34 pm

    Oh, and it hit 106 today. If I remember correctly, this ties the record for this date. Then again, it’s within 12 degrees of the “normal” high for this date, which indicates that we just don’t have very much variation in the summer: it’s either hot, or it’s damn hot.

  8. ms7168 »

    4 August 2008 · 9:55 am

    My thermometer topped out at 102.9 and according to it we were only above 100 for 3 hours. However it was on 99 for a long long time which is bad enough.

  9. CGHill »

    6 August 2008 · 5:20 pm

    Well, we finally got a break: it cleared 93 today, but no higher, and stormage is possible over the next day and a half. About time.

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