Sunday, August 01, 2010

Hot! Hot! Hot!

We reveled in beautiful summer weather for weeks, with blue sky highs in the mid 80s and lows in the low 70s. We ate many dinners on the balcony, and had many dates at outdoor restaurants. I wore jeans sometimes! Its been an amazing summer, so I can hardly complain that the heat has finally hit Shanghai.

Yesterday had a high temperature of 98F / 37C with up to 95% humidity. The air conditioner and the shade trees keep the downstairs of our house pretty comfortable, and the swimming pool keeps us happy. But our bedroom sits perched on top of the house, with large windows flooding it with light. The poor a/c unit in that room struggled to keep up last night, and each of the 5 members of our family sleeping in the master bed kicked off the covers while we slept.

The biggest benefit that the EXPO has brought to Shanghai is a summer of blue skies and white fluffy clouds. But the summer sun rises between 4:30 and 5:00 in this town, and so the house is awake around 7am. Good preparation for school in a few weeks, and the end of my lazy days sleeping until 8 or 9 every morning.

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