Surviving the Dog Days of Summer

© Nevit Dilmen.
© Nevit Dilmen.

This past weekend was an absolute scorcher here in Toronto. With the humidity it felt like 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) yesterday and 38 C (100 F) on Saturday.

If you’ve never felt those kind of temperatures before, imagine walking into an oven as it is preheating. The air is so hot, muggy, and thick that it almost feels like you’re trying to breathe with a wet napkin over your mouth and nose. Every single breath you take is soggy and sweaty.

Our air conditioner has been running 24 hours a day which almost never needs to happen. Normally it works so well that I get too cold with it on all the time, although this weekend it struggled to keep up with the heat and humidity that Mother Nature has been throwing at us.

We’ve been eating a lot of popsicles, ice cream bars, salads, fresh fruit, and other meals that don’t require heating up the kitchen too much. The blinds are closed. We’ve put off all unnecessary errands and excursions until a later date. It’s just too hot to walk around outdoors unless you absolutely need to do so.

Of course, I can’t complain too much. I know people who have muddled through this heat wave without any air conditioning at all! The very thought of that makes me shudder.

I will be so glad when the temperatures fall to a reasonable 30 C (86 F), 90% humidity and all.

For those of who you are also in the middle of the Dog Days of summer, how are you staying cool?

For my readers in Australia and New Zealand, how would you feel about sending us a taste of that winter weather? 🙂

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