I was listening to a CD the other day. Yep, The Crusty Old Expat does not have any MP3’s or any of those other high tech gadgets. The song “Jackson” popped up. The searing hot weather and high humidity gave me the inspiration for this post’s title with help from Johnny and June. “Philippines: Hotter than a Pepper Sprout.” C’mon, if I have to quote the whole line for you, you’re not a die-hard Cash fan, right?
“Philippines: Hotter than a Pepper Sprout”
Because it’s been “hotter than a pepper sprout” lately, The Crust Old Expat has finally turned on our bedroom’s air con. Our Carrier Optima air conditioner has been running for seven hours every night for the past few weeks.
As the old saying goes, “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” With constant humidity levels ranging in the low to high 80 percent range, it’s been unbearable. April and May are always the toughest months for me to get through. High temperatures average around 32°C, 89.6 F.
Combined with the high humidity, it’s hard on this old geezer. However, despite running our air con a couple of weeks in April, our electric bill was only 3,000 pesos, 60 US dollars.
Of course, we’re not running the pump for our swimming pool right now. The water shortage brought on by El Niño has lowered the water level in our swimming pool. I refuse to buy a truckload of water for 3,000 each to add any additional water. We’ll wait for the rainy season to commence.
Here’s a look at some average temperate, rainfall and humidity levels for our area garnered from Weather and Climate.com. The website gathered the data from our nearest weather station: Iloilo (Visayas), Philippines (11.8 KM.)