Heat wave

We are in the throes of a late summer/early fall heat wave, the likes of which I don’t remember experiencing during my ten years in Canada. The noontime outdoor temperature is 30C or 88F (the upper left large number in the image). The indoor temperature is 25C or 77F which is surprisingly tolerable with the drapes and windows are closed, ceiling fan running. I will likely fire up the a/c soon though – Faye has more than earned the right to be comfortable for a while before heading to work for Day . . . 30?

I’m not particularly complaining about this heat (though I thought I left late September heat waves in Texas!); my mewling complaint would accomplish nothing more than reminding me of my discomfort. My attitude is more a matter of wow, this is a remarkable event and one to accept, endure with as much grace as possible.

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Rests easily.

Though we’ve had several spells of warm and humid weather we have resisted installing the window air conditioner. I broke down today – temperature in the high 20s C and humidity upwards of 70% – and plugged the a/c into the living room window. Tomorrow may be even more warm and humid, and storms are likely.

Achilles seemed to like my action plan.

Back on Thursday.

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We are enduring the longest hot spell of the season, which began Monday and will persist through the holiday weekend. Temperatures will range into the upper 20s with humidex readings in the 30s and threatening 40 (that’s temperatures in the 80s and humidex at times into the 90s. Such an extended hot spell is unusual. We aren’t used to this degree of heat lasting so long.

We will hibernate. It will be uncomfortable, even unpleasant at times. It will be much more unpleasant for outside workers, farm labourers. And for Faye, who is working 10 hours at a stretch at the canning plant. There will be no Labour Day holiday for her or the others at the plant.

It will be unpleasant, it will be rough. We may finally put the air conditioner in the window. Or we may not. Whatever we decide we will endure. Next February, we may remember this warm spell with wistfulness.

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Not only has it been so hot the past few days, we have had very little rain for several weeks. We had a nice little shower about an hour ago. It abated earlier than I hoped, but more is definitely on the way.

Because strong downburst winds were – are possible I cruised the yard looking for and picking up things that might blow away or be tumped over. A gust capsized the gold dust dracaena which broke the pot. It needed repotting anyway.

Probably a good idea to shut down, lightning dancing, thunder crumping, Achilles uneasy.

Last blast?

Last blast?

The next two days are predicted to be quite warm with each days’ high being 34 degrees or 94 Fahrenheit. The humidex (heat index) may reach the mid-40s or about 110. This is awful weather for this part of the world; blessedly it does not last more than a few days. We can’t change the heat or the weather, it is what life, climate, climate change, karma, fate, God, what you will brings and it is up to me to handle it as best I can. I think that complaining about it only accentuates the discomfort, unpleasantness, and potential danger.We will simply endure until it cools down later in the week.

It will be a brutal span for my co-workers who toil outside and they have my complete empathy. Perhaps this will be our last hot spell of the summer, perhaps not.

I took this photo of Stella during a hot spell a few years ago. We were in the living room and have a window unit a/c only in the bedroom. She was a hot pup that day. Her posture compelled me to call this her ‘I need a martini and a cigarette.’ photo.


Our weather has been warm, humid, almost oppressive for the past week, perhaps a little more. About 87 millimeters or 3 1/2 inches of rain has fallen in the past two weeks. Humidex (heat index) readings have been up to the mid-30s C (mid-90s F). Some days, there has been very little breeze if any at all, adding to the oppressiveness. Tuesday night we finally installed the window a/c in the bedroom.  I’m not complaining at all – after all it is midsummer. One has to expect and endure weather weather like this. The great blessing for me is that these spells eventually end, unlike central Texas where a spell would start around Memorial Day and end, oh, say, around mid-September.

Last night the warm spell finally broke. This morning the temperature is 19 and the humidity is much lower. It should be a delightful day!