Sunday, 22 May 2011

It's 23ºC (73ºF) in São Paulo, turn on your heaters please


Temperature like most other measurements is relative because although feeling hot or cold feels more like a natural instinct than a personal opinion there can great differences in perception. Presumably this is guided by our known temperature range, the maximums and minimums that we our accustomed to experience.

AT least this is the only reasonable explanation for why every Paulistano I have met recently has at some point started complaining about the cold weather and the imminent arrival of winter. “But, it’s not cold here” I’ve been telling them as I struggle to understand how you can simultaneously complain about cold temperature whilst wearing shorts. And it’s not that I keep a temperature conscious social circle. An article appeared on the Folha de São Paulo today which is headlined “Para aplacar o frio, padarias servem cremes e sopas” roughly translated as “Bakeries serving soups, to counter the cold” so I hurriedly rushed on to Google to check the onslaught of Siberian weather up ahead. Here´s a screen shot of Google’s response:



That very effectively allayed my immediate fears but I am now dreading the summer. If they think 23ºC (73ºF) is cold, we’re in for a roasting when the summer comes round!

5 comments:

Vic said...

In Madrid there's a saying that goes "tres meses de invierno y seis meses de infierno". Which means that after spending quite a few years living here you shouldn't be worried about summer in SP. Unless you consider humidity ...

Born Again Brazilian said...

I'll admit it. I've been complaining about the cold. It's not the actual temperature - I'm from Chicago and spent my childhood weathering the worst. But here the problem is that, at least in my apartment, there is no heat. So, I might as well be sitting on the sidewalk. Actually, the sidewalk is warmer, because the sun shines on it. We bought a portable heater, and it's even a small one, and it usually blows out the electricity in our apartment if it runs for any extended amount of time and any other appliances are running, like the television. So, I spend most of my time... cold.
On the up side, our apartment doesn't get drastically hot in the summer :)

Pierre Larose said...

lol - it's a fair point. As the temperature only drops for a short part of the year all old buildings and many new ones have no provision for heating at all which means as you say you are sometimes colder indoors than out.
Still, if you are from the "windy city" this should be a breeze in the park for you! thanks for the comment!

Anonymous said...

The winter in sao paulo somedays is very cold like 4ºC lo and H 12ºC; I traveled to SP thinking in a tropical city; but it isn't.

Anonymous said...

Está 3 C agora em Sampa, 1 da manhã. Muito desconfortável.

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