For Now, Someone Turned the Air-Con On, Hallelujah!

@bluesa (13421)
Johannesburg, South Africa
January 9, 2016 2:49pm CST
Oh yeah, uh huh! Someone turned the air-con on! At least it feels like that to me! We got precious, glorious, nay, marvellous! Hail and rain last night! Hallelujah! And then this afternoon into tonight more rain and hail again, double Hallelujah! After what has felt like living inside an oven turned on high for the last few days, I can breathe again! That intense smothering heat has, for now, gone! I can't explain the relief! Sadly, I heard on our news that 11 people lost their lives due to the heat, this is the worst summer I and many have ever experienced! I am not certain it is the last of it, but for my Province and my suburb outside of Johannesburg, there is as I said, for now, at last some blessed relief! Now I can only hope and pray that the rest of the Provinces in South Africa will also get some seriously needed rain and relief, so that no more will lose their lives to extreme heat, also our farmers need rain desperately! They are in dire straits. I can only hope and pray they will soon hear the drops of rain, and not damaging hail or vicious rain, but good earth soaking rain. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers? For now I am going to immerse myself in this cooler weather, just soak it in. Wherever you are, I hope you are having a safe, healthy and wonderful weekend!
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@ridingbet (52704)
• Philippines
10 Jan 16
indeed, heat stroke can really claim lives especially the elders. we do not have airconditioning unit at home, but we can manage with the electric fans and cold water to quench our thirsts.
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
10 Jan 16
@ridingbet , yes, I drank a lot of water with ice on those scorching hot days.
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@ridingbet (52704)
• Philippines
11 Jan 16
@bluesa I cannot drink super-ice cold water though; I might have sore throat, and I must not suffer from that because of the heart ailment I have.
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
11 Jan 16
@ridingbet , then it is best you stick to just drinking cool water.
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@BelleStarr (38214)
• United States
11 Jan 16
I am so glad that you are getting some relief from the heat.
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
11 Jan 16
Hi Belle. Thank you, it really is as if someone turned on the air-con, like nature said, here, breathe again. :-)
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@LadyDuck (157042)
• Switzerland
10 Jan 16
I know how much happy I am when in Summer we get a good thunderstorm. Enjoy your cooler weather.
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
10 Jan 16
Thank you @LadyDuck , it has been pure bliss to hear rain fall and feel once again some cool air.
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@jaboUK (53920)
• United Kingdom
10 Jan 16
I'm so happy for you that you have some precious rain and can breathe easily again. Sending good wishes to the farmers.
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
10 Jan 16
Thank you, Janet, and ta, it is so good to not feel smothered @jaboUK .
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@marlina (73885)
• Canada
9 Jan 16
So happy for you and your area that you are getting some much needed relief.
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
10 Jan 16
@marlina , thank you so much, it is such a blessing to have this break from the heat.
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@GreatMartin (4540)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
11 Jan 16
And we had a high of 84 degrees today and I love it--that is why I live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida--the heat and humidity!
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
11 Jan 16
@GreatMartin , we were at 102 to 103 Fahrenheit some places 104 with 85% humidity, with no air-con, it was more than hot. We are now at about 87, with a breeze that does not want to burn the lungs, I can also appreciate this weather now, like you do. :-)
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@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
10 Jan 16
Let us hope that the much needed relief of rain and cooler temperatures continues. I hate being hot and sticky myself
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
10 Jan 16
@Auntylou , thank you, I agree let us hope this cooler weather continues and the heat waves are done. Yes, hot and sticky is horrible.
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• Canada
10 Jan 16
I'm glad that you got some relief, and yes, keeping them in prayer-it's actually in our liturgy to do so:)
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
10 Jan 16
@HebrewGreekStudies , good to know it is in your liturgy :-), thank you, and to feel a cool breeze again is the best ever!
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@sallypup (27063)
• Moses Lake, Washington
10 Jan 16
I am sorry for your loss.
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
10 Jan 16
@sallypup , thank you, our country was not prepared for these extreme temps.
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@Mbalie (319)
• South Africa
9 Jan 16
I saw on the news that Joburg's heatwave was worse than other provinces. So sad about all those people who lost their lives. In Durban its was hot this past week but not that bad. We atleast have the seabreeze down hear. Its been raining too. Keep well.
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
9 Jan 16
Hi @Mbalie , it was the Northwest Province where those 11 people lost their lives to heat stroke, it is so shocking and sad. Yes, for Johannesburg that never saw these temps it was the worst ever. I know Durbs can get scary temps too, I have vacationed in Margate before, so I am glad the seabreeze has been helping you and the rain. I am just so happy with the rain here now! Keep well too.
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@DeborahDiane (21568)
• Laguna Woods, California
11 Jan 16
I'm glad the weather has improved for you. I actually heard here in the U.S. that there was so much hail in South Africa that a roof caved in someplace. I'm glad that wasn't you!
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
11 Jan 16
@DeborahDiane , yes, thanks, luckily my suburb did not get that really big hail, our hail was small and just added that freshness to the air. I am sorry for those that were hit by the big hail.
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
11 Jan 16
@DeborahDiane , yes, hail like that is so dangerous. Thank you, we were lucky it missed us.
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@mom210 (6762)
• Atlanta, Georgia
11 Jan 16
We have the other side of the coin here, it is 28 degrees. yuck, but our summer was really, I do not enjoy extreme temperature in any direction.
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
12 Jan 16
@mom210 , yuck indeed, I can agree, both too hot and too cold is awful!
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@ria1606roy (2684)
• Kolkata, India
12 Jan 16
It is always good to soak in the coolness and the rain after long periods of summer. I hate summer because of the never ending heat wave, so imagine when monsoon arrives! I feel like dancing around (inside my house of course)!
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
12 Jan 16
@ria1606roy , I did dance around inside my home when it started raining, I even shouted whoohoo. :-) :-D
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• Kolkata, India
13 Jan 16
@bluesa surely this rain brings tremendous excitement!
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
13 Jan 16
@ria1606roy , it does, it was a pure blessing from the sky, after all that awful heat.
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• United States
27 Jan 16
I will GLADLY donate all the rain we won't get, so that it cannot due to absence turn to snow when temps get lower than the usual 40 today, tomorrow and Saturday . . . Glad you got some relief @bluesa (you did get more since this post was written, right ?)
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
31 Jan 16
@enlightenedpsych2 . Oh yes, we had a few days rain and some lovely weather, thank goodness! Now we are heading for 32 degrees Celsius heat again, and though far from 39 degrees Celsius heat, I am in a panic, I do not want that terrible heat back. I do hope that you were able to keep warm through your very cold weather.
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• United States
1 Feb 16
I was warm and cannot wait for Spring to get here already @bluesa
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@IreneVincent (16025)
• United States
22 Jan 16
It sounds so strange that we are being buried in snow and freezing weather and you are burning up with the heat in South Africa. Wouldn't it be nice if the climate of the Earth was more balanced? I nice 78 degrees would be perfect for me. I don't like extreme heat or cold, but I love 78 degrees with a coo breeze in the evening.
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
23 Jan 16
@IreneVincent , I agree, a nice balanced climate would be lovely. These extremes we are having in weather lately are worrying and dangerous.
@salonga (28016)
• Philippines
15 Jan 16
I can feel your joy! Thank God He finally sends the rain before more lives are lost by extreme heat.
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
16 Jan 16
Yes @salonga , that is so true. We are having wonderful cool weather now, such a blessing!
@JudyEv (123170)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan 16
I just commented on Inlemay's post that if you want or need rain, it is just so wonderful when it comes.
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
12 Jan 16
@JudyEv , it really is, it's a true blessing.
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