Saturday, July 10, 2010

Opposite of Windchill Factor

So I am trying to figure out why 33° c is killing me. It is only 91° f when you convert it so why does it feel like 104° f ? Because I have forgotten the pavement factor. City heat is so much worse than suburb heat especially when you are used to suburbs by the sea like I am. The pavement and stone buildings create an oven-like environment and frankly the heat this summer has become more than I can bear. There is no breeze. There is no shade. And our apartment faces west so we are screwed in the afternoons. Added to that, we have much longer days here in this northern latitude so by noon it is hot. By 3 pm it is oh-my-god-I-need-to-find-a-tree-to-sit-under hot. And by 6 pm it is so mutherfing hot you think you might actually die. We don't really sleep at night. Opening the windows isn't an option with the street noise factor. With it only getting truly dark around 11:00 pm, it doesn't cool off until about 3:00 am. By then the street noise seems to dissipate so we struggle until the middle of the morning hours when we can open the windows and get to sleep.


Today is probably our 10th day here with temps over 33° and we have now taken to closing our window shutters around noon to try to curb the heat in the apartment. The weather forecast is calling for things to cool down on Monday but they keep saying we're going to break the heat and it doesn't seem to happen.

In the winters they tell us it will be cold but the windchill factor will make it feel colder. I wish they'd acknowledge that in the summer it may be hot, but in the cities, it will feel hotter due to the pavement factor.

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