Can you really tell between 35C and 40C?
Truth is, 4 months living in the middle east had me defining the temperature in the beginning of these summer months as hot/tolerable and hot/no choice. If the temperature shoots above 30C, I couldn’t care less, all I feel is that it is burning hot but as long as I have my sunglasses and umbrella, I can assure myself I can come home alive, lol.
I heard that “officially” Dubai summer temperatures never goes over 49C. But it seems that it is not the temperature that matters, it is the humidity percentage. A 100% humidity can be hard to take, hard to breathe and difficult for bespectacled people especially when coming out from a freezing mall to the humid outside world. One would wish to have mini-car window wipers installed in their eyeglasses.
I can tell between freezing zero and +5C. +5C is relatively “warm” in my vocabulary especially during the peak of Japanese winter in February. When the mercury passes over the 0C line, I feel blessed. Today, I feel kinda blessed.
It was tolerable and cool(!?) this morning at 32C. Have I gone mad? 32C and I feel actually great even when sweating all the way to work. But everyday last week at 8 in the morning has no less than 35C so I am grateful today.
So, it is very hot at the moment but the discomfort index is not that high — YET. The bedouins of the desert had been living and surviving for so many thousand years now. I am born in the technology age, with airconditioned houses and buses and cars. I should be ok.