Yesterday afternoon, for the first time since the end of June, we were treated to full cloud cover. There was even an interval of rolling thunder but the rain failed except for a few pathetic drops. This accompanies ever-so-slightly easing temps — we had lows in the high 70s twice this week, and on two afternoons the mercury stopped just short of 90. It’s cloudy again today, with a less-than-even chance of rain but the wind, which came up yesterday, has stalled once more.
Still, the edge is off of the searing heat we were experiencing when I wrote the last post, and we’re breathing sighs of relief.
Holiday-making continues at not-quite full intensity as well. A couple of folks have returned to work but 6 of the 8 units in this building are still full, as well as the rental unit in the next building, and last night was the loudest we’ve experienced this summer. Apparently a couple of the girls in the complex have discovered they can scream, and they find it hilarious to shriek at the tops of their lungs at any opportunity. Things quieted down about 11 (as opposed to midnight or later a couple of weeks ago) but it was a long 3 or 4 hours.
The considerable mass of this building has stored enough heat that it remains a constant 84 degrees in the apartment. That felt stifling when it was near 100 outside but being able to move to cooler temps outdoors makes all the difference.
It’s downhill and shady from here, and the tension that results from being constantly stressed is abating. We’re looking forward to the next month.