…you must love cold weather. Summer must be hard for you.
I hear that a lot. It couldn’t be farther from the truth. My least favourite season is winter. I don’t like the cold. Japan has varied winter weather across the country, but in the Tokyo area, it’s fairly mild, around 5-10 degrees. It’s still cold to me. It’s still my least favourite season in Japan.
I like spring and fall, but the weather is somewhat unstable. It can suddenly become cool and make it difficult for me to get out of the shower in the morning.
That brings us to summer. Summer in Japan is predictable and stable. Every day, the weather is likely to be hot, humid and sunny. I like that in Japan’s summer. I even enjoy the hot weather. It means I don’t have to feel cold for the next 3 months, at least not until November.
So, to everyone who thinks I must like winter because I’m from Canada, you’re wrong. Give me Japan’s hot and humid summer over winter any time.
No, this is not about the CME (coronal mass ejection) headed to Earth right now, this is about summer! If you remember, I wrote about the seasons in Japan, and I named one of them “Broil.” Well, it’s time to broil. The last couple of days have been quite hot and humid, and the heat just doesn’t go away at night.
Today, it was 32 degrees (Celsius for my American readers). Tomorrow will be 32, as well. Then 33 on Tuesday and 31 on Wednesday. Doesn’t that sound nice? But what an effect it has on people. The trains get a bit smelly, people are wiping the sweat off their faces and necks with handkerchiefs, and constantly telling each other that it’s hot.
So, what can we do to relieve this heat? Here are some of my ideas that seem to work for me.
- Have some ice cream. I recommend Mint Crunky, which is a summer special ice cream bar coated with chocolate. And it’s mint ice cream! Delicious!
- Spend some time in a convenience store. They keep them cold, mostly to keep the food from spoiling.
- Spend some time in a supermarket. They’re also cold for the same reason.
- Turn on your air conditioner. Expensive, and not really recommended so much at this time, as there is a bit of a power shortage in Japan. Conserve power!
- Drink something cold. Anything.
- Sleep without any covers. Nothing worse than sweating in bed.
- Take a cool shower. That feels so good!
What do you do to beat the heat?
Yes, another weather post. For the past 3 or 4 days, it’s been hot again. It was 31 degrees yesterday. It’s the second half of September, when cooler weather is supposed to be coming, but this summer just doesn’t seem to want to give up. Well, starting tomorrow, the temperature will dramatically drop to the low 20s and will be accompanied by rain. Cool and rainy days are in store for the next 3 days, then warming up again on Sunday. By next week, summer returns! What a weird summer.
This is just a really quick and short post. I’ve heard that this summer was the hottest summer in Japan on record. It was also the longest heat wave. Most days were at least 32 degrees, with many of them being at least 35. Thanks to yesterday’s typhoon, it’s a lot cooler. But it’ll be hot again soon. How was your summer’s weather?
35 degrees today, and it’s forecasted to be 35 degrees tomorrow. This is the summer that just won’t quit. I don’t think it’s been cooler than 30 degrees in more than a month, and most days are 33 to 35 degrees. It’s early September, which normally is hot, but not this hot! 28 degrees is the overnight low temperature. I’ve heard it’s been hotter here than in Singapore! How’s the weather where you are?
Many things are pointing to the end of rainy season this week. First of all, I could actually hear a cicada outside today. Cicadas don’t like rainy weather. They’re out when it’s hot and sunny, and the time after rainy season is the best for them. Second, I checked a few weather forecasts (they all seem to give different conditions), and most of them are indicating very hot and sunny weather later this week and next weekend. That’s about 32 or 33 degrees. That’s post-rainy season weather. This means that for the next 2 months, it should be around 32 or 33 degrees and sunny nearly everyday with the occasional heavy rainfall due to typhoons. Aren’t we all excited?
Of course, rainy season isn’t over just yet. Still lots of rain is forecast for the next couple days.