Friday, September 5, 2014

The Med is too hot

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In Beer Sheva,  where there is so much Brutalist architecture,  the summer temperatures are brutal.
I can't remember one day that has not been in the 30s C  for months and months.
If this Ben-Gurion University of the Negev's rounded building did not have those external shade things,  the students inside would bake from the sun streaming in.

(The building on the right is the university library we talked about earlier.)

Even the humidity here in the desert is abnormally high these days, like this weekend's 45%.
Usually it is 15% to 30%.
The weatherman explained that the Mediterranean water along Israel's shore is still very hot, 30 degrees C,  and is causing this humidity.  (Can such a thing can cause high humidity, really?  Not so sure; never heard that before.)
My town, Meitar, is a little over 50 km from the sea.
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UPDATE Saturday night:  Forecast is for only 29 F  tomorrow in Beer Sheva!   Yes!!  The psychological barrier of 30+ is broken!
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(Linking to SkyWatch Friday.)
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22 comments:

Spiderdama said...

I prefer drier air in the desert than the wet air along the coast. But it's hot!

William Kendall said...

The external shades sound like the right touch- and something that wouldn't have occurred to me.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I'm not a big fan of Brutalist architecture especially where it is really hot and cold, because it seems the architects like to put huge treeless, shadeless plazas and they are very hot in the summer and freezing in the winter.

Sara said...

Not really my favorite style of architecture but it does seem to fit its surroundings nicely and I like the color of the buildings against that gorgeous blue sky.

Maggie Ann said...

Your blog is so interesting! I appreciate visiting here.

Priyashi said...

Beautiful click..:)

Hels said...

It seems that global warming is not only melting the polar ice and raising the oceans, it is also raising the temperatures of hot zones. Fortunately Bauhaus always used building materials and architectural designs that maximised passive climate control eg very small windows heavily shaded, cold marble floors etc etc.

Even with global warming, I hope the architects got it right at Ben Gurion.

Cloudia said...

Interesting facts!



Shabbat Shalom

Petrea Burchard said...

Seems way too hot for sea water.

Nadege said...

I am enjoying the beauty of these buildings. So modern compare to the history of the area.

yael said...

Today is the first day under 30c.
שבת שלום

Karl Demetz said...

Beautiful blue sky, Dina !
You could send some warmth to us, here it is fresh and rainy for months...

Birdman said...

What! No AC?

VP said...

Still believing the lies and the idiocies of weathermen? Ah, that's not good...

Dina said...

VP, so it's not true that water temp can affect humidity? I never heard of it before, true. But the weatherman on TV, who was standing on the shore, said it with such conviction ...

Dina said...

Birdman, I'm hoping the university classrooms have AC, but you'd be surprised how many public building do not.
I waited in line in a hot and stuffy Beer Sheva bank for 45 minutes(!) the other day and near fainted. The waiting area was packed, and I had to keep going out to the door to get a breath of desert wind.

Dina said...

Spiderdama, yeah, in Tel Aviv summer clothes cling to you. SO humid.

Yogi, now that you mention it ... yes, treeless.

Sara, too much Brutalism in one city. B-S is not my favorite city.

MaggieAnn and Priyashi, you're always welcome.

Hels, ah, yes, the cold "marble" floors are welcome. In summer I always go barefoot at home.

Petrea, 30C / 86F is normal is the normal water temp for the Mediterranean shore in Israel, but only in the height of summer.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Of course your humidity does not compare with ours here in south Florida, but let's face the facts: hot is hot!

Dina said...

Kenneth, shalom, welcome. Oh yes, I remember some sticky hot weeks in Miami as a kid.

VP, I updated and added a caveat about the weatherman's theory.

Jen Masssey napierdailyphoto.blogspot.co.nz said...

do you have air conditioning?

Im not a fan of humidity

I have heard what the weather man was saying before he may be right

Louisette said...

Interesting post, much humidity;
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José Mendonça said...

I must be getting old pretty fast! LOL! Not so long ago temperatures around 40ºC were OK for me. Now I definitely look for shady places if the temperature is higher than 30ºC... :-)