Go To Your Room

8:00 a.m.

It is 8:00 a.m. and the humidex is already 35C. I closed the house up about an hour ago, as it was becoming warmer outside than inside. The nausea was returning, so I retreated to the bedroom, where the little air conditioner in the window keeps the temperature below 25C, and the humidity low. The weather has sent me to my room for the day, and I am feeling lucky that there is one cool place where I can find some comfort.

Attila is working out of doors today, as he does every day. It doesn’t seem to adversely affect his health, which is a blessing. He needs extra sleep during these hot and humid days.

I must amuse myself in this small space. I miss moving about! I have been sedentary since Monday afternoon when I got home from work, and I feel the worse for it. Tomorrow is another day, and should bring with it lower temperatures, lower humidity, and the end of this heat wave.

3:30 p.m.

Since noon the power has come and gone more than a dozen times. The rain has fallen out of the sky in buckets, then stopped. The wind has gusted to frightening speeds, then calm. Thunder has rumbled, roared, and abated several times. Lightening has flashed in the distance. There is a severe thunderstorm warning in effect, and a tornado watch; a funnel cloud touched down about 100 km away. The temperature has dropped from 31C to 22C, a huge relief! The cost of this wondrous change is unstable weather and storms. By midnight tonight all the storm activity should have passed us by, leaving us in a blessed cool; that is if you can consider a humidex of 29C cool, everything is relative.

Worldly Distractions


TORNADO WATCH IN EFFECT 12:00 p.m. & 3:41 p.m.

2:00 p.m.
Condition: Cloudy
Pressure: 100.7 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 26.3°C
Dewpoint: 21.4°C
Humidity: 52%
Wind: WSW 15 km/h
Humidex: 39

3:41 p.m.
Condition: Light Rain
Pressure: 100.6 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 21.5°C
Dewpoint: 20.0°C
Humidity: 91%
Wind: SW 15 km/h
Humidex: 29


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Wow, you too? Read this journal entry from a friend, who lives in Canada also, about her day yesterday with what may have been the tornado. That is amazing. The weather all over has been unbelievable. As long as my trust AC units keep chugging along, I am OK, dogs are OK. But husband also has to work outdoors in the hot sun but we are hoping for a break in this awfulness very soon, maybe tomorrow? Feel better, Maggie!


Good gracious! Not the kind of adventure you want to have. I know what you mean about being uncomfortable when forced to be sedentary for so long. It’s a kind of internal itch, wanting to move about. But in that kind of weather, about all you can do is hunker down and wait it out. I’d invite you to join me in southern California, but it’s rather a long communte…and our temperatures are in the 90’s F and humidity about 80%, so I don’t think you’d be much more comfortable.

However, we don’t have the thunderstorms and power outages (cross fingers). We do have brownouts, when the power demand starts to exceed supply. The power company steps down the amount produced, rather than let the circuit breakers cut in and there’s a power blackout.

I sympathize with your predicament and hope it’s alleviated soon. With your physical challenges, it’s really tough.