It is summer already. The first floor of our house stays relatively cooler in the early morning until just after noon because it gets less sun exposure. The second floor has a line of huge windows, all wide open to catch as much breezes as possible, and the stairwell that leads to the roof is open as well, with only a steel grill for security. With everything open, and it being so hot the second floor gets hot very quickly. So today when I walked from the first floor up the stairs to get something from my room, I was hit with a wall of hot dry air. It was just flattening, and it will only get hotter. Two days ago the BBC weather report said Karachi was going to have a temperature of 34 degrees C(for other USians, that's about 93 degrees F), and it is only mid March.
When we lived in Florida it got pretty hot, and it was always humid. The biggest difference was that we had uninterrupted electricity and AC in just about every building. Here many people don't have AC, (or maybe they have it only in one room), and the electricity is always kind of iffy with the load shedding. It tends to get worse in the summer when people use their AC more, and we get more "unscheduled" load shedding, and tripping.
The first summer we were here it was really bad, and there were a several weeks when we had electricity for only 3-4 hours a day and that was it. Last summer was not as bad, with only 5-6 hours of load shedding and most of the day the lights stayed on. InshAllah this summer will be like this past one and not like the first one.
I am waiting for Tariq to turn on the AC in our room, if I do it he might complain about the electric bill! I have a strong feeling he'll turn it on within two weeks at the latest, as he has had a bit of trouble sleeping well for three nights in a row.