Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

25 November 2012

Tanzania: Phew It's Hot

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This is that time of the year when Dar es Salaam turns into a 24 hour sauna. No matter what time of the day or night it is the temperature is hot.

From the predictions from our metrological agency we were to expect torrential rain anytime since two months ago. There was a rain storm but it was in the United States where hurricane Sandy caused mega havoc.

So the prediction was true but on another side of the planet. So could our agency explain the heat we are now facing and at least let us know how long it will last? And provide subtle hints in how best to survive it?

A couple of years ago a friend of mine form one of our neighbouring countries spent about a week in Dar es Salaam during the month of December and was amazed that the pimples on his face cleared during the short stay.

For a cleansing beauty therapy the combination of heat and humidity performs wonders. It is rather tempting during these extreme summer conditions to sleep without a mosquito net treated or not. Dangerous but true.

Caught between catching malaria and keep some sort of cool it is not a wonder that more people catch malaria during this time. Personally I have resorted to wearing so much less to bed so as to be kept under the net.

I have always wondered why we do relax the corporate wear to micro shorts and sleeveless tops and set up camp by the beach. Let us take advantage of these 'tablets' and galaxies and enjoy the sea breeze while we work in comfort.

And another thing do we really have to cook the heat in the kitchen fighting with the outside atmosphere is grilling to say the least. I believe we should be encouraged to eat al manners of salads whether fruit or vegetable for breakfast, lunch and supper and allow the cooks to cool off.

Am I imagining things or is just a coincidence that at this time of the year the unexplained power interruptions increase? Earlier on this week I was downtown in the middle of the hot suffocating afternoon and in the midst of generators roaring left right and centre I was drowning in my own sweat. Yep time to take an icy break.

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