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It's Too Freakin' Hot to Sleep

Here in the Pacific Northwest in my city, it got up to 81 degrees Fahrenheit. At nearly midnight, it is still 66F. The average for the month of June is typically 70F.

I have the fans in the window trying to pull in cooler air, as the thermometers in the townhouse tell me it is 78F inside, but that strategy does not seem to be working well tonight. These are the times that I wish we had air conditioning in most of the homes here.

I have my alarm set for 5:00 a.m., as I have a class to teach this week at the base about a half hour from my home. I do not have to be on the podium until 7:30, but they have a parking problem due to some construction, so I want to try to get there before 7 o'clock.

Typically, writing about the weather and what time I have to get up in the morning is not my style. Tonight is not the typical night. I guess I just needed to complain.

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Mommyjen wrote on June 9, 2015, 5:29 AM

I feel you! I badly want to cat nap every afternoon because I cannot sleep well at night but the muggy and piping hot weather at my end hinder me from getting my much needed sleep.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on June 9, 2015, 7:07 AM

Why not buy a small portable aircon unit Coral? I have one for the caravan and it´s great. They do make a bit of noise, but you soon learn to sleep through that, especially when the heat has made you drowsy anyway.

msiduri wrote on June 9, 2015, 8:40 AM

I can understand that completely. Only advice I can offer is a cool shower and a lie down in front of the fans. It works for a little while, maybe long enough to get to sleep.

alexdg1 wrote on June 9, 2015, 8:51 AM

To me, your weather sounds much nicer than our Miami subtropical heat and humidity. I guess the grass is always greener on the other side.

agvulpes wrote on June 9, 2015, 9:17 AM

When it is hot and muggy it is very hard to get to sleep! It's the other end of the scale here and the temperature has been down below Zero on a couple of nights over the last week! Thank god for electric blankets :)

wolfgirl569 wrote on June 9, 2015, 10:25 AM

Hope it cools down soon for you. We are looking at that kind of weather in a couple of days again

JeanC wrote on June 9, 2015, 12:14 PM

Icky, isn't it. So not used to June being this hot and dry. Hubby doesn't do heat well, we do need to get an AC unit installed soonest, even tho it is supposed to be cooling off a bit this week.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 9, 2015, 4:03 PM

It's been hot here in BC the last few days, as well. Not nearly as bad as the humid heat we experienced in Quebec, but I do need a fan on in order to sleep....

celticeagle wrote on June 9, 2015, 6:18 PM

It is already in the 90's here and we still have July and August to try to live through. Ugh! And the fires around here should be interesting.

BodieMor wrote on June 9, 2015, 8:30 PM

I can't sleep if the temperature is up to seventy degrees. Can you not buy a window-sized air conditioner?

morilla wrote on June 9, 2015, 11:10 PM

Over the last 2 or 3 years, it's gotten worse around here or I'm simply having more trouble adapting to the heat. I've tried the shower, lay in front of the fans and it helps. I've tried wet 'items' on the neck and it sort of helps, if you don't mind waking up 'wet;' which I do from either the sweat or the other items. Unfortunately, there just isn't that much 'relief' short of air conditioning and being tired enough to sleep no matter the conditions; well, that and October arriving.

valmnz wrote on June 11, 2015, 4:20 PM

Hi Coral, our NZ winter hasn't been too bad so far, quite mild in fact.

CoralLevang wrote on June 13, 2015, 3:23 PM

It's actually a bit cooler today and more manageable, though I am still napping, as I am feeling ill today.

CoralLevang wrote on June 13, 2015, 3:24 PM

I have a fan, which is usually fine, because the nights are generally cooler. I cannot justify the expense of any aircon for three of four nights a year.

CoralLevang wrote on June 13, 2015, 3:25 PM

Great idea. I try that and it sometimes works. I had three in a row where it did not seem to, though.

CoralLevang wrote on June 13, 2015, 3:25 PM

I'll have to check out the new ideas. Perhaps they would be worth the money.

CoralLevang wrote on June 13, 2015, 3:26 PM

I've been to Florida and know what you deal with in the summer. I would never move to your area. Too hot/humid for me.

msiduri wrote on June 13, 2015, 4:24 PM

That is miserable. It's been over cast and not quite so hot here. Wish I could share.

CoralLevang wrote on June 13, 2015, 4:29 PM

I like it about 45 to 50F at night. Fresh air, a down blanket, and I'm good to go!

CoralLevang wrote on June 13, 2015, 4:29 PM

It's been cooler the last few days, but went for three days without much sleep.

CoralLevang wrote on June 13, 2015, 4:30 PM

Just when we get around to the air conditioning, it cools off again. Funny how that works!

CoralLevang wrote on June 13, 2015, 4:31 PM

I hope you weathered the heat wave here on the west coast. I do not miss the humidity from when I lived in Chicago or in the south.

CoralLevang wrote on June 13, 2015, 4:32 PM

I hope that you are spared the fires. That's never fun. July, August, and September are our usual hot months. We are expecting one hellacious summer this year.

CoralLevang wrote on June 13, 2015, 4:33 PM

I have a fan, and usually that's enough. I may need to check into a portable air/con.

CoralLevang wrote on June 13, 2015, 4:34 PM

This winter, we had no snow and it was rather mild all the way around, so the prediction is that it's going to be a bitch of a summer. I'm with you about October. LOL But I do love the long days of the summer.

CoralLevang wrote on June 13, 2015, 4:36 PM

I hope it stays mild for you. It's strange to me that you are in the winter. That would mean I was born in the dead of winter had I been a Kiwi or Aussie. ;)

scheng1 wrote on June 14, 2015, 2:35 AM

If it is hot outside, the worst you can do is to use a fan to pull in the air from outside. You will get hot air instead of cooler air.

CoralLevang wrote on June 14, 2015, 4:07 AM

But when it is hot outside, and it is hotter indoors, then it makes sense.