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The Heat is ON

In the two years plus I have lived here it is hot. Usually daytime temperature are in the mid to upper 80’s during most days.

Well this summer it is much hotter. This week the daytime temperatures are in the low to mid 90’s and as always humid. If it is cloudy the temperatures are a little lower, but then without the sun to burn off the moisture in the air, the humidity increases. This way the “Heat Index” stays about the same.

Recently the cost for electricity has gone up so you have a choice, run the air conditioning and pay a higher bill or sweat.

Then there are the brownouts where you have no power for a fan or anything.

You can go to the malls, but I have noticed they have raised the temperature, probably to lower costs of electricity by running the air con less. Then when they get a brownout, they have generators for lighting and electricity but turn off the air con and escalators.

So, now your hot and sweaty because you need to climb the stairs.

The heat also makes many people irritable which I am already somewhat by trying to quit smoking.

This is my happy report for the week 🙂

12 Responses to “The Heat is ON”

  1. John in Austria says:

    Oh, I can see that the quitting smoking is getting to you!

  2. Sandy says:

    Wait until you get the heat in the desert, it is no picnic either. S

  3. Sandy says:

    I just saw the end of your post, about your happy report. Too funny. S

  4. m60man says:

    I was wondering the same thing……..what you going to do in Vegas? The heat there can be down right draining. Humidity may be a bit lower, but temps will be higher during the summer.

    As for here, yes, the temps are now in the 90,s. Thats why I choose to live outside the concrete jungle. Surrounded by green, there is always a nice breeze. Shade abounds and the humidity is not bad. Not to mention the air is clean and fresh. Brownout are few and when they occur they usually only last for an hour or so. Personally, I don’t see why most expats choose to live in the city. Sure, its a bit more of a hassle to live 30 minutes or so from city center, but the rewards of province (country) living are hands down a better deal. I moved here to relax and get out of the daily rat race. Each time I venture into the city I feel like another rat in the maze. Give me green……forget the concrete.

    • Bruce says:

      m60man,
      As I answered Sandy, heat with low humidity is much easier to exist in, I did it for many years. Humidity is what makes it hard.

      I had wanted to locate up towards Mintal. I liked the fresh air and cooler breezes. With our nieces in University it would have added a strain to their commute, especially if they had duty and needed to get home at midnight.

  5. Marvin says:

    Tuguegarao is the hottest city in PI. It’s been hovering around 102 all week, but the bright spot is the cooling at night, down in the mid 70s until about 9am when it starts to warm back up. A generator is a must up here with so many 6 hour long brownouts every other day. We had no brownouts last year, but we have no water this year.

    • Bruce says:

      Marvin,
      Wow, 102 and humid. I would live under the shower, but with no water. I give you credit for surviving.

  6. Robert says:

    Hey just found this site,I will be coming to Davao in late May…Have any other sites like this? Thanks…

    • Bruce says:

      Robert,
      Thank you for finding my site and enjoying it. There are many sites about the Philippines and for Expats. I have some of my favorites listing on the right sidebar towards the bottom under the title “My Favorite Sites”

  7. macky says:

    bruce,
    bought a handy rechargable fan/lamp at robinson’s. in comparison to local commodities, it’s on the pricey side (P2,700), but it’s a life saver for me and the baby when the power goes out. keeps the room cool and comfy while we wait for the power to come back.

    on the brownouts, we’ve been lucky in that we average only about 2 per week in the past months. hopefully, no more by rainy season.

    • Bruce says:

      Macky,
      good idea with the fan. It is true the frequency of the brownouts and duration has decreased. Now if the temperature would decrease too.

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