A pleasant surprise awaited me when I got up today.
My thermostat read 82 degrees (27.7 C).
Amazing relief compared to the 95 in my little studio just the other day!
Phoenix, Arizona, is getting a break from burgeoning heat — why, just 4 days ago, we officially tapped into the triple digits of 100 (37.7)! — due to a weak cold front sweeping the nation.
Some states are getting snow, rain.
Phoenix ain’t so lucky. Our luck rests in relief from heat. We’ll take it!
Today’s forecast says a high of 84 (28.8 C), low of 63 (17.2 C). Verrrry comfortable! Course the cooldown won’t last.
However, the difference between 84 (28.8) and 100 (37.7) is remarkable — the dry heat notwithstanding.
That’s the big line in Arizona. “But it’s a dry heat!” True enough. Images like these abound on postcards, souvenirs, etc.
Miniscule humidity most of the time. You bake. You fry. You run, you crawl toward any place cooler — or the illusion of cooler. Shade, for example.
Public air-conditioning is ubiquitous in Phoenix. Has to be. More than half the population would flee otherwise!
Anyways, today’s cooler temp brings with it a slight breeze. Whoooo-hooooo! My two windows don’t open wide enough to bring it on — and in!
I’ve been feeling oppressed by the heat … while fully realizing that 100 (37.7) ain’t nuthin’ compared to what’s ahead in July, August.
We got 118, 120 degrees (47.7, 48.8 C) to look forward to (cough cough}.
Say it ain’t so!
Oh it be so!
So fucking hot.
So as I luxuriate in today’s comfy cooldown, I can’t help but be disturbed by something.
At 11:34 a.m., the outdoor temp is 76 (24.4 C). In my little studio, it’s 80 (26.6 C).
Can you say heat trap? Does not bode well for what’s ahead.
Which is why I’m in the business of fans. Portable powerful fans. Researching fans like never before! Like my life depended on it!
All too soon, it shall.
But today, we’ve got relief, merci mother nature! Daresay it’s even better than an icy gin ‘n’ tonic.