In the heat cleaning windows

It was really hot last Saturday (even though it is still only spring) and I could not sleep, so I got up early and cleaned my windows. It is not an easy task, given that I am three floors up and have double-glazed windows with Venetian blinds in the middle. Each set of windows (plus the balcony doors) takes forever to clean.

You can see the difference here between winter and summer. In summer the foliage blocks my view of the water.

It is surprising how hot I get in Sweden in summer. The sun is up almost all the time so it never gets a chance to cool down, and everything is built to keep heat in and cold out. Plus it is humid. As a result, 28°C in Sweden seems much hotter than  39°C in my hometown in South Africa, where houses are built to keep cool, where it gets dark at about 7.30pm, and where the heat is dry.

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

3 thoughts

  1. 28°C! That would be newsworthy here in Scotland. Then of course there’s always the annoying wind/breeze/gale, depending on your opinion. So no fear of becoming too hot here although we did have a few pleasantly warm days in May.

    Your area looks very attractive in spite of the difficult to clean windows! The views look nice although I would miss being able to step into the garden. I don’t envy the snow, it’s good to look at for a day or so then it’s just a nuisance, especially if there is any driving involved.

  2. Does it get dark as early as that in S.Africa during summer? That’s interesting. But it should help to cool down the heat. Here in Greece the sun sets around 8 during summer and it doesn’t get dark until 9 or so, which means the heat accumulates and stays during the night. The insulation in house construction and the building materials help, but you do depend upon air-conditioning or fans.

    I’ve often wondered though (due to my lack of knowledge in physics and geography), whether the position of a country in the latitude/longitude axis plays a role. It seems to me in central Europe the sun burns more than in Greece, as if it’s closer to earth, so to speak.

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