It was a sweltering + 44C last day of May in Riyadh Saudi-Arabia today. Meanwhile back in my home country Finland, they’re experiencing temperatures around+ 10C, which is actually quite normal for this time of year even though it might sound freezing cold to Saudis.
Despite it being only 10 degrees above zero, I bet you, there will be Finns driving around in their convertibles with the roofs open, wearing shorts and sandals and the bar terraces will be full of people drinking while soaking in the sun. It doesn’t really matter how much the outside temperature is, as long as it’s May, June or July, that equals summer for Finns and making the most out of it!
Going to the beach or park for sunbathing when it’s 15C out is seen as completely acceptable and normal. Finnish summer is very short and unpredictable, temperatures can range from 0-35C. Believe it or not, they will issue a heat wave warning in Finland when the temperature raises above 25C. I have to admit us Finns are a bit crazy when it comes to temperature extremes. The Saudis might just be our polar opposites when it comes to tolerating heat and cold. I made this tongue in cheek temperature chart from which you can really see what I’m talking about :)Have a nice summer everyone and stay cool!
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Hello there, I’m Laura, the author of Blue Abaya, the first travel blog in Saudi Arabia established in 2010. I’ve been traveling around and exploring Saudi Arabia since 2008.
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