Jeepers but it’s Hot, hey?


February in Durban comes around once a year (funny that!) Every year we Durbanites either bitch or bask in the weather that we experience.

Let me explain for those who do not know what it is like in Durban, KZN, South Arica. It is “blerrie” hot and humid! You never feel dry. Taking a cool shower in the morning is a relief after waking up hot and sticky from tossing about all night playing cat and mice with mosquitoes and trying to find a cool spot on your bed. That relief is short lived because you then realise that you may only be fully dry in about a months’ time. Clothes stick to you as you try to get dressed and make-up for ladies becomes a joke as it is probably going to reach your belly button before lunchtime.

The incessant rains of December and January, which fall daily when Durban is packed with tourists, comes to a halt. Any rainfall just adds to the humidity and is seen as a curse not a blessing even though grass is starting to resemble the Highveld in winter.

Geckos, those awful transparent creatures that crawl about ones walls and “drop their load” (aka poop) all over your curtains, are revered for their mosquito catching skills. Bread not eaten within 2 days turns into a science project. Just how many colours of mould are there? Even leather handbags and shoes cannot escape the tyranny of the humidity as they develop a film of white, smelly mould.

True, a lot of Durbanites have swimming pools. So what? A dip in the pool is more like taking a bath. You need to dose the pool with so much chlorine to keep the algae away that it is a bath that removes your first 6 layers of skin and burns your eyes so that you look like a pink eye patient all month. That last layer of precious skin peels off anyway because applying moisturiser is like trying to mix oil and water.

So, for the month of February, ladies pack away their defunct hair straighteners and blow dryers. Deodorant and sunscreen sales skyrocket. Lethargy is a common complaint and the talk around water coolers is repetitive – “Phew, how hot is it today?” Love it or hate it, February in Durban does come to an end and Durbanites once again boast about living in the best little patch of paradise in the world.

10 thoughts on “Jeepers but it’s Hot, hey?”

  1. Thank you SnowPony (love that name!) I despise the little critters. Having had one fall into the bath whilst I was in it – I will not bath if there is a gecko nearby. I also cannot sleep if there is one near my bed. Nasty noo-noos!

  2. Thanks Alma!!

    I also hate them 🙁 Shame, I don't know what I would have done if one fell in my bath but i did run out the shower screaming once because it was on the shower door.

    Give me cockroaches, maggots, moths and spiders. I just cannot take geckos 🙁

  3. mmmm… I do not do cockroaches or maggots and pray-mantis' scare me more than any creature crawling this earth – even more than geckos. Funny how we all have noo-noo phobias.

  4. O this is so funny, Alma! I can so relate with the "blerrie hot" weather you are experiencing! At least yours only last for a month. : ) Anyway, thanks for the good laugh and hang in there, February is nearly over! : ) xxx

  5. I get February-itis – it is the month I battle to function to do all those things I normally do so roll on March and April (not for passing time but so i can come out of the fog that is me in Feb!)

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