As I am typing this post, my computer says it is about 88 F (31 C) outside right now. This is actually a cool day in Saigon compared to the temperatures the city has been getting. Of course, this is nothing to what they experienced up in Hanoi and northern Vietnam with scorchers past 100 F (40 C). What is noticeable here in Saigon is the lack of rain.
It is supposed to be the rainy season but where is our rain. We had a downpour yesterday which was “normal” but this followed 4-5 days of no rain. Right now Saigon should be getting daily afternoon downpours at about 4 PM at least. Global warming?
Though today is nice and cool, Saigon has really been hot the last couple of months. People who normally do not use air conditioners are using them now. Sadly for me, I am spending most of my days in air conditioned rooms. Yeah, it may feel pleasant but actually it makes Saigon feel even more hotter after spending extended time in 20-22 C temperature rooms.
Hopefully the monsoon rains will arrive. Vietnam is already suffering from water shortages. Power outages are becoming the norm in both Saigon and Hanoi now. It is common for buildings and offices to have gas powered generators.
I hope you all are staying cool these days. I am about to head back to Saigon but I do not see any rain clouds. Not normal…