I live in the desert. It is not really by choice that I’m here, but I’ve made it work. August, however is a challenging month, because the thermometer climbs to the highest hights and sometimes just breaks, because it just can’t take it anymore. This week we had temperatures between 110 and 115 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. This is in the shade, mind you. Temperatures in the sun are a totally different story. At night it ‘cools down’ to upper 90s.
Now, I can walk through this heat for short distances. I can even run a mile or two in it, if it is before 9 in the morning, but it is exhausting. I need my water bottle by my side at all times. I need to have the AC running in the house at all times. I have to watch out that none of my family suffers a heat stroke, dehydration, or low blood pressure fainting. Where I live, the weather comes with a warning and to make sure that it doesn’t affect you is hard work.
So, what are my options? I can complain about it and wait for it to cool down eventually in October, but those are the only things I can do. And if climate change marches forward as scientists have predicted it, I will have a whole lot of fellow heat sufferers soon. I have no solutions for this. I just needed to vent. For as much as I am done with this heat, I fear this heat is far from being done with me.