I'm sure everyone can remember the hottest day they ever experienced in downtown Toronto. You know, 30-something degrees and super humid. Stepping outside felt like stepping into a sauna. When the sun shone, it felt like an inferno. When the wind blew, you felt like you were in a convection oven. Well, add about 10% to that, and you have Malaysian weather this week.
Looking back on our trip, Ursula and I can recall seeing 35 degrees or more five times: 38 in Death Valley in Israel; 36 in Dubai; 40 in Kruger National Park in South Africa; 36 in Kalgoorlie in the Australian Outback; and 35 in Kuala Lumpur the past 3 days. But in comparison, the weather in those other places really doesn't compare with what we've experienced in KL this week.
Today it was mostly overcast with little breeze, and the air still felt smothering. When the sun did pop out for a few minutes, it felt like being under the broiler. Thank goodness we are able to dress in t-shirts, shorts and sandals! Tomorrow morning I have to go to the Korean Embassy to pick up my work visa, and I dread having to wear a real shirt and pants for the first time in months.
Having said all that, I know I won't get any sympathy from anyone in Ontario this week. I don't envy you the frigid temperatures you're dealing with, but we're genuinely looking forward to arriving in Seoul Wednesday, where it's forecast to be -3 in the morning and +5 in the afternoon. (Ursula even bought some mitts today!) After living in summer-like conditions since last May, I think we're all ready for a change in the weather. Believe it or not, the kids are really hoping to see some snow! I guess the grass is always greener on the other side of the planet...