Monday, September 29, 2008

If Dante had it right

It was just over a month ago that we were trudging through the hottest, sweatiest days of the summer, and yet here we are, at the end of September, freezing our bums off. While technically speaking the temperature has not been freezing, it has been hovering around 60 degrees F (about 15 C, I think), and has felt downright cold for the last week or so. Add a plethora of cloudy, rainy days and our house feels bone cold, so we finally decided to turn on the heat (the heat was on in early May, now again late September, I think this is a record for me). I’m sure things are colder up here on the mountain, but come on now, it would be nice to have some mild temperatures in between the sweltering air conditioning weather and the bitter heat on non-stop weather (we might have had a week of them, which isn’t anywhere near enough). Today has proven to be yet another gloomy, cold day (I think the coldest yet, the temperature hasn’t risen above 49 up here), and while I tend toward the dark and gothic, even the most melancholy of people need a sunny day now and then, if only to dry the laundry. There is one thing this weather is good for, however – cuddling on the couch watching T.V. with your husband and three cats.

In other words, it is official – I have become an old woman who spends her time complaining about the weather. At least there is one thing this weather is good for – cuddling on the couch watching T.V. with your husband and three cats.


Lulu Barbarian said...

I know what you mean about the discomfort when the weather sudenly turns cold. On the other hand, this year in California, the heat keeps returning and returning. I am so sick of temperatures over 90 degrees F.

Anonymous said...


Can I ask what is the weather like during the Christmas holidays?

I have never been to Greece in the winter, this year I wanted to come because I have not yet taken a vacation yet.

Thanks you,

melusina said...

I can imagine, Lulu, I'd be sick of that kind of heat too!

Anonymous - I usually compare Greece to the American south when it comes to winter temperatures. Typical of Thessaloniki in December is highs in the 50's, lows in the mid to upper 30's. It can get bitingly cold, but that is more common in the outlying mountainous regions than in the city itself. Rain is often in the forecast for winters here, although supposedly we are experiencing a drought. There can be quite a few nice, sunny, crisp December days though.

The islands seem to be more temperate. We lived on Kos, which is much further south than some islands, but the winter there was fairly mild overall (highs in the low 60's in December).

I hope that helps. It certainly isn't Florida, but Greece can pretty nice during the holidays, lots of sparkling lights and holiday cheer about. =)