Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hot... extremely hot!

By Bogdan Radu

The title unfortunately refers to the Karachi weather in these last days, days of torture and pain, of sweat and sleep deprivation. When I arrived in Pakistan the transition was from 0′-10′ Celsius back in Romania to 25′-30′ Celsius and still I thought it was hot… I was wrong, way wrong. 30′ C is a reasonable temperature, even cozy compared to the genocide that is happening right now.

The temperature reaches 40′-45′ C on a daily basis, but still this is not all. Combine that temperature with an humidity index of 80% here in Karachi and it will result in a heat parameter of 50′-55′ Celsius – meaning that this is the actual temperature your body is feeling (Heat index). As you can see, since I started to experience such an extreme weather I started to become more updated with Meteorology as a science, otherwise a mystery to me.

I have AC at work so the office is quite pleasant, it’s like heaven compared with the outside hell; at home my room is “equipped” with a ceiling fan which makes the living there somehow bearable but thanks to the KESC – Karachi Electrical Supply Corporation the power goes off 4 to 5 times a day (1 hour each time). This kind of unhealthy jokes coming from KESC transforms my room into a huge oven, wakes me up in the middle of the night and even gets people out of their houses into the streets, on the roofs so they can have a good sleep at night (the picture is pretty revealing for this issue) transforming the sidewalks into huge open-air dorms.

Hot… extremely hot. I don’t even want to get into the mosquitoes discussion.


Blogger Shazia said...

Ah I don't even want to think about it. I don't know what i will do when I am there. The picture is for real? people r sleeping on sidewalks? :s Damn, KESC should review it's stupid policies of electriciy saving.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

oh I know....
Lahori weather is also bombtasticlly hot...I wake up during our wonderful WAPDA powercuts completly covered in sweat and mosquito bites...

2:49 PM  
Blogger Katerina said...

Energy minister promised that power cuts would stop by the end of the year.

Nice to know na? Lets see :-)

9:17 AM  

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