One of my favourite stories about the heat happened whilst we were in Jordan:
We were having breakfast in our hotel restaurant when a little girl from England threw her entire 3 foot body at the window and pressed herself as close as she could get to it. She raised her arms above her head and continued to press or wriggle her entire body into the window. Finally when she was sure of her vision and the warmth she was feeling, she turned around and said with some astonishment in her voice, "Daddy, Dad-dy, it's still sunny".
It's the 11th July and summer is here. Instead of talking about how hot it is and how it's impossible to do anything outside, today's post lists some of the ways you know summer has arrived:
1. In the lift you can’t tell if the fan is on or off, the temperature feels the same either way
2. The sweat starts building up on the top of your head and runs down your face, taking your make-up with it, then runs past your armpits and down the small of your back and ends up in puddles around your backside. Then if it’s really hot, it continues to run down your legs and past the backs of your knees
3. The temperature feels the same whether you are standing in the shade (55oC/ 130oF) or the sun
4. If when you open your car door you look at the shadows on the ground you can watch the heat leaving the car in curls. Then you enter the car, sit down and burn your bottom on the seat. You attempt to turn the steering wheel but it is so hot it burns the skin off the palms of your hand. And you think about wearing gloves so you can touch the steering wheel, but it’s so hot your hands have swelled and the gloves are now too small to put on. When you finally manage to sit on the seat you find all your CDs have melted in the heat so now you can’t play your music and the plastic ballpoint pens have bent in half so you can’t write with them.
5. The birds in the garden have their beaks open and are panting
6. The water in the open air swimming pool is too hot to swim in after 10am in the morning
7. Your glasses steam up when you go inside and hit the air conditioning
8. The windows in your house are full of condensation because there is such a difference in temperature between inside and outside
9. When you go to the toilet you can feel the heat on your bottom coming off the water because the water is so hot
10. You switch off the water heater and use the water from outside
11. The pavements are so hot they burn your feet through your shoes
12. When you enter your office building you’re soaked to the skin and everybody sympathizes with you over the heat. And they’ll also be able to tell you the last day it was cooler and will compare today’s heat with yesterday’s heat
13. You think you’re going to die from heat exhaustion