The actual temperature doesn’t reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius) very often, at least not yet. The locals say that summer. But since the humidity is typically between 70 and 97%, the heat index (what the temperature feels like to the human body) is often over 100.
I am looking forward to living in the village. There, thanks to the river and the jungle trees, my coworkers said it cools off a bit more at night. Here in the city it is hard to sleep. Yesterday I woke up in the middle of the night, sticky and dehydrated, and took a cool shower (that’s the only shower temperature here. Only a crazy person would want a hot shower, so there is no hot water setting. No hot water in normal sinks anywhere in Brazil).
As a survival mechanism, I have learned or invented a few ideas to beat the heat, particularly at bedtime. Any further suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
- Regular table fan. Hang a wet towel in front of it.
- 20-minute cool shower, to lower body temperature a bit.
- Soak t-shirt in water and wear it to bed. This is also a good idea before doing chores.
- Open refrigerator door. Place mattress on the floor, head positioned next to fridge.
- Cold water IV.
- Remove pillow from pillowcase. Stuff with ice cubes.
And, here is a fitting quote from Jane Austen.
In today’s vernacular, instead of “a continual state of inelegance,” I believe Austen would have written, “always dripping sweat.” Which is dreadful indeed, but even worse is the continual state of physical and mental sluggishness, sleep deprivation, and diminished productivity. I remain an optimist, however. There is still a chance, however small, of “getting used to tropical weather.” If that fails, at least I will never get frostbite or have have to scrape ice off a windshield.