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Thursday, August 25, 2016

its subtle, but its there

Myra might or might not agree with me, after all I've barely been in Phoenix for 5 months and she has lived here for a few years, but there is a subtle (albeit very subtle) change in the temperature over the past week.  Temps here were hovering around 100 not the 105-110 mark or higher.  Nights were in the low to mid 80s as opposed to high 80s low 90s.  There was even a refreshing cool breeze the other night that made sitting on the back patio a bit comfortable.

The pool water, previously around 93 degrees, has settled at just about 89-90 over the past few days.

There is forecast next week of highs back in the mid 100s and I'm sure there will be the day that is over 110 degrees before summer is over.  But there is a bit of relief, albeit bit, in the extreme or even hot days of summer.

Never did I think I would say "105 degrees isn't that bad out" (or really anything under 110 isn't that bad as long as there is not much humidity).

I heard on the news the other day that on that particular day it was 55 more days until temps would be in the mid 80s.  That has us about mid October.  Probably right in time for the snow birds to arrive.  

We moved down in March.  May it started getting a little hotter.  June and July were really hot months, I will not lie about that.  August had its ups and downs and as it fades away, the nights are coming quicker and the sunrise later in the morning, all helping a bit with the temps.  

I won't lie. The electric bills over the past few months I haven't been pleased about BUT I'm never happy about electric bills and compared to when I lived in Montana with the extreme cold, despite using the heater a lot, I was never comfortable, always cold for 8 months of the year (October til June).  Here with air conditioning (albeit higher than I want to pay bills) I'm comfortable.  

So now we go into the last quarter of this year (how did this year go by so fast?) And with it will be that gradual change of temperatures.

I'll look forward to the 80 degree days in February.

I promise I won't brag (too) much about them.

42 comments:

joeh said...

If you go bragging, we'll remind you of 110 degree days!

Eileen T said...

I prefer the heat to extreme cold but I think I'd struggle to cope with those sorts of temperatures regularly. How do you find the energy to get anything done when it is so hot?

Maria Zannini said...

I know what you mean. We had two weeks of rain which is bizarre in the middle of August, but it seemed to have brought the temps down.

The hottest it got here was 109 on one day, but anything over 95 is too hot to work outside for me. It's hard on my garden too.

For now I'm basking in the low 90s and grateful for it! :)

Bijoux said...

It's funny how it's all relative. We see people start to wear shorts here as soon as it hits 40 degrees. Enjoy your cool down!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Except for one or two cooler days, we have had a hot summer but nothing to compare to yours. It seems I stay in the a/c during the summer and then stay in to keep warm in the winter. Spring and fall have become my favorite seasons simply because I can get outside in the fresh air more.

Linda said...

Funny with the regional temperatures! I'm looking forward to 60's. Take care!

Summer said...

Make the most of the cool while it last ♥

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Pat Hatt said...

I'd roast there. But 80 degrees in February sounds great. Sure beats the stupid piles of snow we'll have at that time.

Jo said...

It gets quite hot enough for me in Canada in the summer thank you very much. I don't mind the cold weather one bit although I prefer a real spring and fall. As for your pool, I think I would want to put a cooling machine in or something. Way too hot.

Intense Guy said...

I look forward to the relief from the awful heat (with the 90%+ humidity) we have/had here - not that I want winter to come yet - I'd love a 4-5 month autumn...

lyndagrace said...

You know last winter I promised that I would not utter one complaint when the summer temps were absurd. But in New Jersey when we have had weeks of the three H's, Hazy, Hot and (the worst) Humidity and the temperature has been near 100 and above I am taking that promise back. I'm ready for fall now.
And I will be envious of you in February, for sure :)

Ann Bennett said...

Autumn and spring are my favorite seasons. It does not get as hot in Georgia. But August and July typically have 100 degree days. It has been so hot and dry this year, the plants are all wilting. Summer always eases up the first week of September. I think we may get lucky and it eases up this week. I need to get outside and do some serious work.

Mac n' Janet said...

I know what you mean. We're having weather in the lower 90's now and it feels so much better than the upper 90's. But our humidity has been REAL bad. By October we should be firmly in the 80's with lower humidity and boy am I looking forward to it.

Bobbi and Gracie said...

Why am I not believing you?? LOL! But really, you will have every right to brag... after all, you put up with the hot temps in the summer so why not brag... I have often wondered why so many retreat to Arizona eventually and from what I see most love it and is it true that living there is beneficial for those with allergies and other health problems? Listen, I am looking forward to your 'winter posts' ... I am always happy for those who are enjoying their warm winters away from the cold, blustery ones we have.

Joanne said...

you will have earned the right to brag. I agree in TX - we had several days of rain and it just changed the heat pattern. There is hope for "fall".

Elsie Amata said...

I prefer the heat over cold any day. Although, I'm not sure I'd want it to be that hot...that's a bit too much for me. I try to remind myself of that when it gets so hot in August. Because come March, I'll be freezing and miserable!

Chatty Crone said...

Have you met Myra - she seems like a terrific gal. We are old blog friends. You can have that heat - it is in the 90's here and for months - grueling!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

The cold we deal with up here is definitely not something I enjoy. But honestly, I'm not sure I can survive such hot days either. A middle ground for me, please! That would be perfect.

Mevely317 said...

You're spot on, Betty!
Just this morning when I stepped outside, I felt a difference. Almost imperceptible ... a wink from God, if you will.

This year, for some reason, the humidity seemed worse. Considering we'll probably relocate to Alabama in the next couple years, I'd better shut my trap about humidity! :)

Mevely317 said...

Me, again! :)
This morning the UPS driver and I were talking about the heat and said, the first person who complains about being cold is gonna get smacked to the curb!

I've always enjoyed Winter best, and maintained it's LOTS more FUN to get warm than it is to cool off. (Thinking fireplaces, hoodies, hot toddies and thick quilts...)
Then again, I never had to endure the brutality YOU experienced in Montana.

Liz A. said...

I suppose you get accustomed to temps when you live someplace where it gets that hot. We've had a bit of a cooling off the past couple weeks as well. Not so stifling.

Have you considered getting solar panels? I bet that would help a lot with your cooling costs.

Saleslady371 said...

I hate humidity now that I'm older and battle joint inflammation. But I can't complain about this week's cooler breeze being it's still August. I like AZ winters too.

Elizabeth said...

I remember those hot, summer days in Arizona. I spent a lot of time in the pool or indoors. From what I remember, though, the rest of the year was fairly mild and stable, even in the winter. That's one of the problems with Oklahoma weather, it can go from one extreme to another in the course of one day! Although, I don't mind a cold winter, as long as we get some decent snowfall.

Denise said...

It has been very hot, very humid and little if no rain here all summer. Not good for my asthma. I think I much prefer winter to this.

Paula Kaye said...

I love summer! And I love hot! But this year was ridiculous. I think part of it was because my car has no A/C and I spent a lot of time driving kids around. But when the temps fall below freezing this winter I will miss these temps. And I will be jealous of you guys. I hate those high electric bills too. This summer were the highest ones I have ever paid!!!!!!!!!!!!

DMS said...

Wow- anything under 110 isn't bad is hard to imagine for me. But- I guess the low humidity would help. I am okay with fall coming because I love everything about the season. I just wish winter would stay away or shorten her stay. :)

~Jess

jack69 said...

I am glad you are noticing a change. I have only been out there once in the summer, and I have no idea why we decided to drive thru then, but YEP yu guys got some HOT weather. A/C is nice.

I was thinking today as I drove by a school here, we were near 100. I thought, these kids would not believe we used to go to school where there was only one fan in the room and all the windows open.

Good entry.

Secret Agent Woman said...

It doesn't get as hot here - more routinely in the 90's. But way more humid. I don't mind, though.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

We had a nice cooling the last few days but the heat is on its way again! Enjoy the cooler weather when it starts coming regularly and have a nice weekend.

baili said...

oh my and i was thinking that we are on fire only

glad it is slowing down dear and coming days are bringing enjoyment and chill

Wendy said...

Here in Virginia, we say, "It's not the heat, it's the humidity." Temps in the 80s can be brutal if the humidity is up.

TARYTERRE said...

A little Arizona heat in December would work for me here.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm jealous already. I love the heat and I really hate the cold of winter.

yaya said...

We have had a very hot and humid summer and I realized that I'm not cut out for this kind of stuff. Although I do dream of beaches in January and February, I'll stick to Ohio! It's getting cooler and less humid and also darker at night. I remember being in Arizona in July some years ago and there really is no way I could take that on a regular basis. However, everyone has their spot and it looks like you've found your happy place! Enjoy it and it will be OK to gloat come the cold months here. Farmer's Almanac says we're in for a deep freeze...I'm getting myself ready! Like the rest of this year, it's coming quick!

Lux G. said...

Temperature's going crazier and weathers more fickle than ever.
It's super humid here today but the past days have been gloomy and rainy. Not sure what's to come anymore.

Nick Wilford said...

I can see what you mean. In the UK we're not used to those temperatures (to say the least!) and when we stayed with our friends for a couple of days in Spain in July when picking up our new pups, the weather felt sweltering and too hot to do anything - and we were helping run a dog rescue with 30 dogs on the property! They did assure us it was unusually hot, though. Hope you enjoy that cooldown in winter.

Lowcarb team member said...

For me temperatures in the mid seventies are the best ...
I just cannot imagine what the heat must feel like in the 90's and 100's !!!

Take care

All the best Jan

Fundy Blue said...

Hi, Betty! I just read Pat's What Off scary spoof on you.
Just had to recover with your header view!

I read this post with great interest because my husband wants to move to either Phoenix or Vegas.
I love the cold and winter in Colorado, so I'm not going to show him this post! LOL Montana is a beautiful state, but I can believe that it gets really, really cold. Kind of like Alberta where the winds sure can blow cold and lonely! Enjoy being warm!

Kat said...

I imagine that extreme heat takes a bit to get used to.

When we were down in Vegas last week the temps were around 95-100 and everyone there was so happy. It had been around 110-115 just before we got there. It seems the cooling trend is happening.

It is already cooling off considerably here. Tomorrow, on the first day of school, it is supposed to be around 65. That is pretty cool, even for us. It will get back up to the mid 70s again but I doubt we will have too many really hot 85-90 degree days anymore. :(

Sharon said...

It's still hot up here in the mountains, but at night, we're beginning to feel that certain *crisp* in the air. I can feel the season of summer beginning to yield to the coming fall. Time to start digging out the jackets??

GOD BLESS!

Juli G said...

I hear ya, it was weird... as soon as the boys went back to school the humidity dropped off. We are still in the 80's but we can breathe. :)

It feels like Fall.

I feel like baking an apple pie.

Veronica Lee said...

I prefer hot to cold anytime! It's the rainy season now over here on our side of the pond and the nights are quite cold. (81 °F but cold for me!).