Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Hot and Humid

Wow. . .I don't know about the rest of you, but here in the Washington, DC/Northern Virginia/Suburban Maryland areas, we're having late summer "Dog Days" weather. And it's still June. Temps are in the high, high 90's with humidity to match, giving us a Heat Index of over 100 degrees. Up as high as 103 or more. Whew! That's hot!

Now, I was in a nice air conditioned convention center in Washington, DC, on Saturday, signing at the Penguin publishers booth for the American Librarians Association national convention. Sunday, I returned to visit again and chat with more librarians and fellow mystery writers. So, those times spent inside the center were fine.......but travelling to and from the DC Convention Center was something else again. That sun reaches through car windows, metro windows, walking, wherever you are-----and fries you. Literally. I was slathering on the sunscreen----especially Sunday morning when watching a high school football "seven on seven" football tournament between fourteen DC Metro teams. It started at 9:00am. I had to leave at 10:45am for the Center. By the time I was heading back into Virginia, I texted my daughter to learn that those kids were STILL on the fields playing ball. At 4:30pm! They were wiped by the time it was over. Only gallons and gallons of water kept them going.

Today, I overheard a woman tell someone on her cell phone that she'd "sweated off" at least ten pounds today. :) How about you folks? How hot is it in your area?

20 comments:

Babs said...

For the past several weeks it is has been around 105 110 with the heat index here in South Carolina. My husband is down at the coast working and it has been 120 to 125 there. I am so ready for cooler weather. Now when winer comes I am going to want warmer weather ha.

This week the boys asked me no hot foods the would rather eat sandwiches or salads. I can't blame them a bit.

Dru said...

Yesterday it was a record breaking 92 but felt like 100 in NYC.

Andrea C. said...

I live in Ohio and was just saying the same thing..it is sooo hot and humid and it is only June! Earlier this week the heat index was over 100 degrees. I can suck it up with the heat, but it is the humidity that pushes me over the edge...I can hardly breathe (and allergies don't help!)
Of course, I am so thankful for my air conditioning although my husband keeps it a bit too cool so I do occasionally go outside to warm up! LOL :)

mary in MO said...

Hot enough! Today it is supposed to be in the 80s, really cool compared to the 102 without heat indexing we had here in Missouri, over the weekend.
Saturday was a family get together and fish fry, outside! The cooks were as busy consuming cool beverages as they were over the fry kettles. Fortunately we had some canopies set up for shade!
Kids and grownups took advantage of swimming and water play.
Homemade ice cream and iced watermelon slices made it bearable too.
It is very humid and dry, our garden has to be watered daily. The weeds and wildflowers look wilted along the back roads.

Laineshots said...

We've had almost three weeks of high-90s, highly-humid days. Andrea, I share your opinion of that weather. But today we're getting a break - supposed to be way down in the upper 80s for the rest of the week!

Rural View said...

As of this morning our humidity has been blown out of the area and I can breathe again! Hooray! I'm looking forward to a few days of feeling human again. There's no place worse than D.C. when it's hot and humid.

Kaye said...

Pretty dang hot in Fl right now. Generally in the mid 90's but the heat index can be over 100. It's either in the pool or the a/c not much in between.

signlady217 said...

Mid-to-upper 90s here in NE MS, with heat index around 103-106. Icky, sticky, hot. Thank goodness we replaced our AC unit the first week of May. The old one just wasn't doing such a good job anymore.

Maggie Sefton said...

Babs---Good Lord! That's awful! You must stay inside.

Dru---And that's NYC. Doesn't bode well for rest of summer.

Andrea----I know, it's the humidity that does it.

Leann Sweeney said...

Um, welcome to my world 9 months of the year, Jennifer. HATE IT. And have for 35 years. And now there's a lovely storm in the gulf. YUCK! So I totally sympathize. The AC runs full blast most of time.

Anonymous said...

I am jealous of your ALA adventures, Maggie. And as for weather, we seem to have hot and humid and hot and damp and sunny, warm and lovely all in one day. Rain too! It's like having three climates in one city.

MJ

Charlotte Adams mysteries

Shel said...

Hate to say it, but it is currently 75 degrees here, and that's supposed to be the high for today. We had the heat/humidity/storms cycle going on for the past few weeks, though.

Lover of Books said...

It has been cool here and have been enjoying it. We do have central a/c now in our town home. It is only 68 right now but it has hit the 90's but July and August are the worst here. So it'll be a blessing to have it this summer. :)
Krista

Maggie Sefton said...

Mary in MO---Fish fry sounds good. but I woulnd't want to be the one over the fry kettle.

Laineshots---Ooooo, 80s sounds really good about now.

Rural View---You're telling me, girl. I grew up back here (ther) in Arlington (Northern VA). Dog Days of Summer were usually August. But nowadays, the heat and humidity seems to come earlier.

I tell you, folks====being back in all this humidity makes be long for my Colorado home. We may have the same heat but low, low humidity. So you don't feel as awful.

Maggie Sefton said...

Kay----Oh, you've got the ocean nearby, too. That's a treat.

signlady----My Lord---103 to 106. Okay, I'll shut up now.

Leann---Ohhhh, I know Houston well. My 3rd daughter, Serena, went to med school at UT--Houston then Inter Med residency at UTMB Galveston. Boy, do I know that heat well.

Maggie Sefton said...

Hey, MJ----Three climates in one city? That's two limates waaaaay too much, girl. :)

Ok, Shel---One, two, three---everybody give Shel a Bronx cheer.

Krista----I know that climte there, Krista. Good luck with that heat and join the rest of us.

Babs said...

Oh I wish we had 75 degree weather cold wave lol We have been staying inside as much as possible now would be a good time for a pool.

WonderBunny said...

I look down at my feet this morning and noticed I had a small tan line from my shoes. I work in an office and go to school all day so I don't get much access to the sun but clearly there has been enough that for 20 minutes at a time, I can get a tan line. 95 degrees today with a nice breeze but it is still ridiculously hot.

Anonymous said...

I'm in MD as well, and the heat has been ridiculous. Our air conditioner has been broken for a week, so that doesn't help matters. It gets fixed tomorrow and I can't wait.

Maggie Sefton said...

Babs----With kids, the pool is essential.

Wonder Bunny---Ohhhh, tan lines. I'd better check. :)

Indy Grrri---Ack! How could you stand it with a broken air conditioner?