Relishing The Cool Of The Morning

Like much of the rest of the country, Maine generally, and Stonington specifically, is experiencing a heat wave, with temperatures in the 80s in the coastal areas and 90s inland. But unlike the rest of the country, Maine isn’t really equipped to deal with high heat. None of the houses in our area are equipped with central air conditioning, for example, because there is absolutely no need for it during a typical summer, when you expect highs in the 70s during the day and lows in the 50s at night.

That means Mainers deal with the heat using the techniques many of us remember from our pre-air conditioning childhood. A heat wave is a time for wide open windows and ceiling fans, and wishful hopes for a hint of a cool breeze to sweep through the room. It’s a time to stay outside a bit later as the sun goes down, until the mosquitoes drive you indoors. It’s also a time to savor the early morning moments of cooler air before the sun rises and the heat is cranked up again. And the views just before 5 a.m. aren’t bad, either.

Heat waves are a challenge up here, but eventually they end. In the meantime, the ice cream shop downtown is making a killing.

Heat Wave

It has been brutally hot in Columbus the last few days, with the mercury nudging uncomfortably close to the triple digits.  When I left the office tonight, heat seemed to radiate from the buildings, the street, the alley, and the very air.  I felt like panting like a dog.  Instead, I thought of the classic Motown tune Heat Wave, by Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, and it made me feel like I just needed to get into the summer frame of mind.  This ’60s video of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas belting out the song helped even more: