Thursday, January 08, 2009

Hotness

The time of year has come when it's meltingly, unbearably, infernally hot in Maputo. Yesterday it was 45C (113F) and ridiculously humid, with no breeze. Today is not much better. The heat wave has been going on for about 4 days now, and according to the weather forecast I heard on the radio, it should last through Saturday. I had a good laugh when the radio meterologist said, with much seriousness, "Calores elevados podem provocar desconfortos humanos," as if it were some breaking new bit of news. Last time I checked, every single person living in Maputo is aware that high temperatures can cause human discomfort.

Anyhow, we are sweating here. It's too hot to do much anything except sit in front of an air conditioner, fan, or in a pocket of shade.

I can't wait until tomorrow, when I will work a half day and plan on sitting in the pool drinking shandies all afternoon to ward off the brutal heat.

5 comments:

Ali la Loca said...

Shandies are a mix of sprite and beer. Sounds gross, but is quite refreshing. They are popular in the UK, South Africa, etc.

bart said...

oh dear, it's been way below zero for days now here, i have absolutely no memory of heatwaves or whatever whilst just trying to keep warm at the station each morning :S

enjoy your half day, keep well...

Jo Ann v. said...

This is quite funny (or strange ?) considering it's snowing in the Mediterranean and it went as down as -12° in Paris (of all places ;-))

Ali la Loca said...

~Bart - I can't imagine cold like that either. It's been well over a year since I was near freezing temperatures, and even then it was with central heating most of the time.

Thanks for your comment regarding your daughter, by the way. I wish her all the best. It's a struggle, but one that can be overcome for sure.

~Jo Ann - I had no idea it got that cold in Paris! Brrrrr! At least you get to wear cold-weather clothing. I miss boots and overcoats. :)

Linda said...

In Paris here. It's barely gotten into the thirties for a week now and the snow, while pretty, made for dangerous walking. I'm sure I'll be grumbling about the heat this summer.