You know summer has arrived in Saudi Arabia when..
-the second you step outside you feel as if you’ve walked into a convection oven.
-you at the same time dread and wish for a gush of wind or even a breeze
-that gush of wind feels like someone is blasting the hairdryer on your face on full heat
-you take the sheets out to dry in the sun and after five minutes they have dried into something resembling crispy potato chips
-the kiddy pool you have outside has reached scalding temperatures
-a minimum of 10 giant bags of ice needs to be dumped into the kiddy pool in order to make it safe to touch the water
-you discover swimming goggles and inflatables melt into plastic lumps if forgotten in the sun.
-when all the trees and bushes in the desert have become brown and the camels have stopped eating them due to burnt taste
-you can cook eggs on the car hood
-the car door handle is so hot you need to open it with the sleeve of your abaya
-you are thankful for the abaya that protects from second degree burns when you enter the car now turned sauna and sit on the leather benches
-you discover that outdoor furniture melts and burns under the direct sunlight
-you leave the house in your bikinis, under the abaya
-say goodbye to green plants-for four months all outdoor plants will look like twigs.
-all movement in the city stops from noon to 4 p.m
-most Saudis hide indoors until 8 pm.
-the bag of ice you placed on your head has melted after 2 minutes.
-the Saudis finally think it’s warm enough to swim in the pool but you think it has turned into a hot tub
-when your sunglasses turn foggy the minute you step out
-your face looks like a cooked tomato after about 20 seconds spent outside
-the water coming from the water tank is almost boiling hot and you can say your goodbyes to cold showers for the next 4 months
-to get luke warm water you must turn the hot water boiler off and use that for “cold” water
-in order to have a “cool” shower you must wake up at 4 am
-the outside temperature doesn’t drop below 40c even in the night
-that Bebsi cola you left in the sun for 10 minutes has started boiling
-that book you read outside has melted and all the pages dropped off
-your cats scream and run back inside in panic after touching the scorching hot ground.
-your dog refuses to walk outside in the daytime.
-you discover that outdoor candles can handle fire, but not the Saudi sun!
Read more about Saudi weather and the Saudi seasons here: Saudi Arabia’s Four Seasons
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Hello there, I’m Laura, the founder, author and manager of Blue Abaya, the first travel blog in Saudi Arabia established in 2010. Travel has always been my passion- so far I’ve visited 69 countries and I’m always on the lookout for new adventures inside and outside of Saudi Arabia! Having visited all corners of the Kingdom with over a decade of experience, I have a vast knowledge base about travel and tourism in Saudi Arabia.