Lahore also experiences dry heat. Who knew! Unlike it’s humid brother, the dry heat season is marginally more bearable but it’s still just SO hot. It’s almost all you can think about; how hot it is and how on earth you’re going to cool down. I have felt cold once in the past month and it involved shivering with a fever – I don’t recommend this.
It is so hot that;
Candles melt and become malleable creatures.
Fans don’t work. They just blow hot air in your face; kinda akin to how a hairdryer would feel.
Metal objects that have been hidden in ‘cool’, dark cupboards feel somewhere between warm and hot to the touch
No tap will produce cold water. Our water tank is outside and the water that courses it’s veins is HOT.
You know that ‘hard to breath when you walk into a sauna feeling’? Yes, it’s like that all the time.
The air sits heavy in your lungs, it puts slight pressure on your skin, it sucks the moisture out of your eyeballs, it heats the floor you walk on and even makes your sheets radiate warmth like they’ve been lying out in the sun for hours. My car tells me that every day is between 42 and 50 degrees Celsius. Today is a cool one at 44 degrees with a slight smog cover…
How does one handle this heat with load-shedding and sporadic air con? Well, you stop wearing makeup because it melts, you drink about 5L of water a day, you seek out swimming pools and spend a lot of time floating, you put wet face clothes in the fridge and hold them to the back of your neck and forehead. You seek out friends with generators, you don’t dry off after a shower – just stand under a ceiling fan. And you develop a deep-seated affection for your air conditioner. I was one of those people who relegated air cons to useless energy sucks that most people don’t need. They create health problems, breathing problems and use colossal amounts of unclean energy sources. Yet, I love mine. I would marry it in this weather if I could guarantee it’s continued function. I would spoon it while I sleep if that could make it work all night long. But it only works every hour at best, and it doesn’t seem to be responding to any of my appreciative gestures. As you may be able to tell, the power went off about half way through this post and as the heat builds back up my thoughts seem to lean more and more off-kilter.
Bottom line – it’s hot. And in this kind of heat, air conditioners are justified best friends.