While I am writing this blog post the late afternoon/early evening thunderstorms are raging. For the past 2 or 3 weeks the monsoon rains have been making daily visits to Penang. During the daytime the temperatures are hotter than hell and the humidity is in the 70's. Just walking from the bedroom to the front door is enough to be covered in sweat. After taking a short walk to eat lunch and run a few errands a shower becomes a necessity.
About 4 or 5 o'clock every day the skies darken, the wind picks up and the skies open pouring torrents of water over the island. The lightning shows are spectacular and the thunder is deafening at times. These displays then return at about 7 or 8 o'clock at night. These storms cool and clear the air and make sleeping quite comfortable. Luckily the rains are not as bad as our neighbors in Thailand have been suffering through.
Many people here in Penang have been complaining about the weather, but I am really beginning to enjoy the daily storms. As long as I have a fairly good idea when it will rain, my plans are not spoiled and I really enjoy the cooling effects of the monsoons.