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Rain and Cold in Dubai

I went swimming today. I blithely dived in and nearly died of shock.  The water has dropped over 5 degrees Celsius in just over 3 days!

It is now a definitely bracing 26.5! ( It was 32.) I had to put in a couple of laps of fast freestyle just to combat the cold! I’m so used to it being like a luke-warm bath.

It was positively UNCIVILISED!

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You know it’s cold in Dubai when:

1) the pool attendant is wearing a woollen beanie.

And The air temp is 22 celcius.

2) People in the lift see you going down for a swim and say, ‘But isn’t it COLD?’

And the water temp is 32 celcius.

3) Richard regularly gets mugged on the couch by both cats who now find it too cold to spend the evening rottiserating on the balcony.

Pathetic!

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The new header image is taken from a Gulf News photo of racing dhows.

I just love that photo so much I had to put it somewhere I could see it more often!

It’s hot-ish in Dubai at this time of year. It get’s to the low 40s during the day, and is super-humid in the afternoons and evenings.

If I leave the door to the balcony open for an hour and turn off the air-conditioning (I did this once for the cats) the bathroom mirror will fog up and then start raining on itself.  Literally, after an hour the shelf under the mirror will be covered in a puddle of water from the condensation running off the mirror.

I can’t leave the cats outside while I go out now.  It’s too dangerous. Of course, they WANT me to leave them outside all day, basking like cheetahs, interrupted only by short breaks on the cool tiles inside.

Naturally, this necessitates me jumping up and down like a yoyo to  let them in for temperature regulation stops every 20 minutes. They get 2 steps inside and then flop onto the cool tiles.

Mozz has even taken to scratching at the door to come in then staying put on the balcony while the cool air-conditioned air blasts outside onto his little body.

‘No way sunshine! You want in? Then come in! I’m not standing here while you suck out all the cool!’

I’m very unreasonable.