Things almost went into a meltdown yesterday in South Florida where temperatures hit an all time high in Fort Lauderdale (see report from the Sun-Sentinel) where it reached 100 degrees at the airport, with a heat index of 111.
There wasn’t much breeze all day, it was really hot, sticky and uncomfortable. When I left work and got into the car, the temperature showed 108! Driving for a few miles it dropped to 98, but then as I headed south down I95 towards Fort Lauderdale it rose again to 100. Since the air conditioning isn’t working in the car the fan was just blowing hot air and almost sand-blasting my face.
I got home and Tim, my landlord had left the sauna on, so being hot and sticky I headed down to the pool, had a good sauna, and did 30 lengths in the pool. I felt much better after that, especially since some clouds came over and a light breeze got up, making it feel a lot more comfortable. It really did feel good cooling off in the pool after an hour long drive home from work.
Later in the evening, Tim and I decided to take our evening walk around the golf course, as we do most evenings, and as soon as you opened the door to the condo the heat hit you, phew! It seemed like the temperatures just weren’t going to drop, but fortunately as we headed out onto the fairways and away from the houses and trees, a nice breeze got up from the west, a sign of weather changes, and it did cool us down somewhat. There was also some nice heat lightning out west, no clouds or rain, just bright flashes in the sky.
I woke up this morning and wondered why it was still dark. One thing you learn about the tropics, is that when you get a spell of extremely hot weather, it usually causes the gods to get angry, and this morning they definitely got out of bed on the wrong side.
It was pouring with rain just before I had to go out to the car, but I was lucky and it stopped for 10 minutes so I could get out and start my drive. The car needed filling up before I headed up the highway to work, and I didn’t want to do this last night in 100 degree temperatures, but this morning with the rain, the traffic was heavy, and then I found my local gas station was closed, so I had to drive to another one. While there I could clearly see the skies over the coast to the east, and they were as black as ink. I knew that my drive north up I95 was not going to be a pleasant one.
I got onto the highway, and it wasn’t more than a minute or two before the lighter rain turned into a monsoo0n, with traffic slowing down to 25 mph as the road soon started to flood and a lot of vehicles were having trouble staying on the road. Fortunately my Toyota Avalon grips the road really well, and also has great visibility, so I get rather frustrated at all these people who can’t see a thing.
By the time I got to Boynton Beach, which is a few miles north of Boca Raton, the rain was so heavy that it was pounding on the roof of the car, it was just like a monsoon! It definitely got a good power wash today! The drive was so slow, but about 10 miles further on the skies brightened up a bit and I managed to escape the storm.
Amazingly enough, everyone actually had their lights on this morning, which is a miracle for South Florida! Quite a few even had their hazard lights on to warn drivers behind them, which is also rare. Maybe there were a lot of “out of state” drivers on the highway today…
But I got to work in one piece, only 5 minutes late, and it was a cool 75 degrees compared to the heat of yesterday, so quite comfortable by comparison.