August has arrived and we are struggling.
On Sunday temperatures in Cyprus reached record highs of 45.6c with 90% humidity. We’re trying every trick in the book to keep cool. The houses we live in are not built for the Mediterranean climate and manage to be hotter than the outside temperature in summer, and colder in winter. We have two portable air-conditioning units, which bring the temperature in the living room down to about 30c, but upstairs we rely on ceiling fans.
Last night was possibly the worst nights sleep I have had yet. I woke up at midnight actually stuck to the sheet, tried showering (for the second time in two hours) in what should be our “cold” water, then tried sleeping in the living room floor, going outside, and eventually gave up and went back to our bedroom.
The worst of the heatwave is due to pass by Wednesday, and the heat of summer generally subsides from mid-August onwards. Fortunately we won’t have to wait that long. We are making a well timed trip to the UK next week and the dogs will have a break in air-conditioned kennels… something I think they might actually enjoy.