"unbearebly hot"???

#1 Mar 27th, 2005, 13:43
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fast question:

is the south going to be "impossible" in april-may???

(i'm going to orissa - tamil nadu - kerala in those two months. people here, even indian people, is telling me that it's insane to go there in summer, that i could go sick or whatever but, i mean, people LIVE there in summer too).

has anyone here visited the south of india during summer? i would love to know how did you find it, and if there are any tips to share.

thank you so much and HAPPY HOLI!
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#2 Mar 27th, 2005, 14:14
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I met people (European) who stayed all summer in Andhra Pradesh. Their advise was:

Be carefull about touching walls, counters, tabletops, appliances, any kind of metal. They all get very hot even out of the direct sun.

Do not go outside after ten in the morning and before 4 in the afternoon.

Pour water for the morning bathing into containers the evening before after it has cooled down or take your shower before the sun comes up around 4am, bcause by the time you want to take a shower in the morning it will be coming out of the rooftank scalding hot.

Keep the fan on all the time and never, never let the power go off.

Pour the cool water you gathered the night before over yourself and your clothes three or four times during the heat of the day and just let it evaporate dry.

Hope this is helpful.
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I gotta work on not letting the power go off. I did use battery powered small fans. Practice dreaming of AC. That seems to help although AP can't hold a candle to the heat in rural Maharashtra..
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head for the hills.
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"unbearebly hot"???

Actually, it just occured to me that it would make a very interesting "reality" TV show to park a bunch extreem sport of euro/american types in a hot South Indian village for the summer with no power and watch how they coped. The filming crew could live in airconditioned trailers, but the participants would forfiet their place on the show if they asked to come inside. Might get them to attempt some athletic feats as well. Be interesting to see who crumbled and who endured. Might make global warming more real and would definitely give the villagers a lot of entertainment value plus some much needed foreign currency.
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Some how I feel the north is "unbearebly hot" during the summer than the south. North I mean, Delhi etc down ward.

Delhi is hotter than say BAngalore or Kerala during the summer. The reverse also true during the winter...
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"unbearebly hot"???

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Originally Posted by mala Great idea snowcrab but liabilities are rather high. People would die of dehydration and overheating just to stay in the game.

Hmmmm.... Thought that was the point. Don't they sign waivers?
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I was in Tamil Nadu last April. It was hot, but not 'inbearable'. We did pretty much everything we wanted. When it got too hot in Chennai, we would go to Spencer Plaza and get some A/C.

I am more curious about the heat in Jaipur and Amritsar in end April/Beg May. I am supposed to be in these places next year at this time. Latest I have experienced either is Amritsar end April - dang hot!
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Kerala is perfectly bearable. Hotel low season starts April 1st, which makes it good value. It is getting hotter, but it will be cooller (and wetter) than Chennai. I've been in Kerala up to 1st week of May.

Apparently Chennai was saved from the worst of its summer heat by rain last may, but this prayed-for event can't be relied upon.

Chennai's temperature is increasing day by day even now, but my GF tells me that April 15 is the day when summer starts for real

Last ten days I started to sweat when going out. Last night it was still hit and humid at 10pm
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Even a smallish elevation seems to make a big difference. The town I spent a lot of my first visit in, and asked about surviving the summer, is in a depression like Utah Salt lake City. The Swami and all his hordes of followers retreat to Bangelore for four months, end of March, to survive. When you drive there it doesn't seem like much of a rise but I guess it's enough to bring the temp down five or six degrees most days.

Weather conditions are changing. Monsoons used to be pretty dependable but I was there in the third year that the monsoon missed that area all together. Lots of whole farm families drinking pesticides when they had exhausted all their options.Chennae may be a little protected by the moderating influence of the sea, get a little more precipitation.
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Well, you're going, so good luck!
Fortunately, there's a lot more AC these days in India.
The last full summer I spent in the south, I was in my early 20's and it turned my hair gray!
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Snowcrab, I did that! Do I get a prize like a fast foxy lady? Only a piece of paper..
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Haha, snowcrab - I've been staying with friends in southern Arizona and that's exactly how they live most of the year!
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I remember one hot day going to an ATM machine that was chilled down like a beer cooler. It was so delicious I just sat down on the floor and enjoyed the novel sensation until the next customer came.
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Things to Avoid

Cesar,

Just two words for you that have not yet been mentioned: Prickly Heat.

You have to believe me that this is not fun.

Good Luck!

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