After two weeks in Coimbatore and Pondicherry, I seriously don’t have to come back to this heat. It is so annoying, I tell you. Over there in Coimbatore and Pondy, especially in Pondy, the heat wave was so bad that it literally drained me out every single day. Mr M thinks that I have got a good sheen of tan, even though I am already wheatish. Imagine that! What I think he meant was that I look roasted. I don’t care about my tan or my colour, but I definitely care for some good breeze. As long as there is some breeze I can withstand the heat. I always get grumpy when it is hot.
I am sitting in my home, with the fan switched on for almost the whole day. Right from 9 am to almost 5 pm I don’t move anywhere and even if I do I drag the fan with me. Who says climate change is a hoax. If this kind of weather is gonna be a norm in this country, there are a few things that need changing.
All the houses (and apartments) need to be fitted with ceiling fans, just like India. It should be a mandatory thing that the owners should provide the tenants. That definitely helps during the heat. Trust me, we have survived worse temperatures without an A/c but couldn’t have done that without the fan.
I know a glass of cold beer would be very good during the heat, but for people who don’t drink or can’t for that matter, options are very limited. Lemon juice with mint and ginger would be very good for the heat. I have seen people sell fresh orange juices, but this one is much cheaper, cools you down very soon and it is very healthy too. No ice, please. That isn’t gonna help with the heat.
People might have to start thinking of conserving water or at least how to use it effectively, store the excess after rains so that the same can be used during summer. Let’s hope that we don’t get into any drought scenarios as it happened in California, USA. It is very easy to lose track of these changes that are happening slowly and steadily and then when it hits the peak, we start to panic. There was this scene in Cork, Republic of Ireland, where we were hearing about the water shortage only within two weeks of summer. Historically there hadn’t been any need for these countries to save and store water as they have excess rains and such. But when these kinds of drastic climate changes happen, then everything becomes a chaos. Let us hope that we plan well ahead.
I seriously hope there is some respite in the near future to this heat and dry weather.
I have been lagging behind on last week’s SoCS posts. I might complete checking them out this weekend since my niece went back home with her dad. I am a little sad, because suddenly the house feels so empty, but they all (siblings and their families) will be here next week for their week long vacation. So I am holding on to that.
In the mean time, lets talk about some no.’s especially of the ones that are associated with heat. Bangalore has always been known for its pleasant weather. But me thinks that this has changed in the recent times. I have been here for more than a decade and the climate has been getting worse every year. Thanks to pollution, population and various other factors. But this year it topped the charts. It used to be a little better at nights during summers and the only two months I would need the fan were April and May. But now I had to resort to buying an air cooler because I am sweating at nights. It is 38 going on 42 degrees during the day and god knows what late twentys or early thirties temperature at nights. If Bangalore is facing this problem, then we can only imagine what the situation is in places like Chennai, Hyderabad etc. I know that Coimbatore is blazing. The Indian Meteorological Deparment has issued Extreme Heat warning.
Here is an excerpt from their website (that opens a PPT).
The next 15 days forecast indicates that
Day maximum temperatures (Tmax) are likely to be above normal over parts of eastern states (East Uttar Pradesh (UP), Bihar, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha) and peninsular India during 12th -16th April 2016 with probable development of heat wave conditions over isolated region of East UP, South Interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Rayalaseema).
The Tmax are likely to be above normal over most parts of India during 17th -21st April, 2016 except western coastal regions, Gujarat, western Madhya Pradesh and north-eastern states with probable heat wave over parts of northwest & central India (comprising Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, east UP, Jharkhanad, Odisha, GWB) and parts of southern peninsula (comprising Telengana and Rayalaseema).
During the period 22nd -26th April Tmax will be warmer than normal mainly over eastern coastal states of India and over the region of Vidarbha, parts of Telangana, Marathwada and Rayalseema) with remaining parts of India will be near normal Tmax.
Most parts of India are likely to experience warmer than normal night temperatures during 12th -21st April, 2016 outside the northwestern parts (Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir) which is likely to remain near normal during 12th -21st April.
Even though Karnataka is out of the radar for today (according to the bulletin), I am not very sure. It sure feels like the oven.
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “no.” Try to think of a specific number, as “no.” is often used as an abbreviation for “number,” and write about it. Or, use it as a word. Have fun!
How am I feeling today? Today being a Monday and the day already starting with some meetings (urgh!). I guess you already know. And add the heat to it….
It may not sound much… its just 29 right? Hasn’t touched 30 yet. But trust me, it feels like 34 already. Just last week it was around 24. Welcome to the tropical weather 🙂 At least this weather gives me some incentive to visit and work from office (for the air conditioning) but then the moment I step out of it, the heat hits me hard. And have you noticed that when it is really hot, how we try and make ourselves stand just below the fan in the elevators/lifts, sort of push everyone and make sure to secure a good position inside the elevator and during the cold season we try and step away from it and stand huddled in one corner? I was wondering how people sort of left the area around the fan inside the lift just last week and today everyone wants a piece of the cold air.
During the winter, I sort of forget how harsh the heat from the Sun in Summer (or even the beginning of it) can be. We do have Sun during winter too, but it was mild, dry but never harsh, pricking your skin and causing heat boils. Well, this is going to be a very hot summer from what I can already feel. Need to rearrange my wardrobe and pack away all the jumpers and sweatshirts. And guess what, just across the country, in the North, its so cold and foggy that flights are being cancelled. Nature indeed is a very mysterious thing isn’t.
It is just mid (almost) mid of March and its already 37 degrees here. And we are already trying to catch that place near to the air cooler in the office cafeteria. It was just a few weeks ago, I wanted to wear a sweater to office because of the chill and now I am ready to be in office for as long as I can, so that when I travel back home it will be a little better (I don’t have an a/c or air cooler at home). I don’t know how it will be in a month’s time. I really dread the month of May when the summer will be at its peak (and the water and electricity problems will be galore). The pollution is not helping one bit either, along with all those constructions that is going on everywhere. While coming back from office in my scooter today, all I could think was these lyrics ‘Feeling hot hot hot‘ 🙂 I don’t know what kind of hot they were talking about because the song was about a party, but I am using it to express how I feel, due to the heat over here. I should now start thinking about moving and settling down in some place ‘up above the hills so high’.