Having lived in the tropics for nearly seven years I thought that I would be able to handle the heat in the desert alright. Thing is, it's a very different kind of heat, and I've now reached the state where I'm hot and bothered nearly all of the time. Yuk.
We are certainly heading for complete indoor living for the next couple of weeks, until we leave on our summer holidays.
In Brunei, the temperature was the same, pretty much, day and night, all year around - unless when it rained and it dropped a few degrees. It was very humid, around 97-98% humidity, so you got used to sweating, all the time.
Here, it's a different story. For those of you who have never experienced extreme heat, it can best be described as scorching.
It's so hot that your sunglasses fog up as soon as you go outside.
It's so hot it feels like sticking your head right in the heat that comes out when you open the oven door to check on your food.
It's so hot that going outside is like turning a hairdryer on full power and aiming it at your face.
It's so hot that if you don't put up the sun shield or cover the steering wheel when you leave your car for even five minutes, you can't sit on the seat or touch the steering wheel, and it takes a good 15 minutes for the AC to cool down the car.
It's so hot that if your sunglasses are metal, they burn your face when you are outside, and so does your necklace and other jewelery.
It's so hot, you just don't go outside for anything else than getting in your car, and driving somewhere else - to go inside.
A bit like Scandinavia in the coldest winter I guess.