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Summer is here!


It’s summer!

That can only mean one thing!


I am dripping sweat all over my tablet while clutching my chest gasping for air of course!


North Japan is one of the coldest places in the country during winter.

You would think summer would be at least a little forgiving, right?


The problem isn’t really the heat, it’s the humidity.

Even on days with rain and thunderstorms like today, it’s the humidity that will cover you with wet sweats more than the rain itself.


Then there is my personal problem of living in the sticks.

There is no air conditioning anywhere except the supermarket.

Not at home, not at work, heck, even my little Subaru barely kicks out lukewarm air unless you are speeding along the motorway.


What seems to be the problem officer?

We caught you running a red light, sir.

Just trying to beat the heat. Gotta go fast.

Sir, please step out of the vehicle.


There is also the issue of Japan trying to save energy after the Great Touhoku Earthquake last year, meaning the use of fans in my workplace is not allowed.

I mean, really.

It’s been over a year, guys.

Gimmie some air.


It seems from now until September, there is no escaping the heat!

47 thoughts on “Summer is here!

  1. Hmm… in Tucson, Arizona, the heat is between 95 up to 116 degrees in the Summer. Now, your average Tucsonan will tell you (emphatically) that “It’s just a dry heat!” Which is true, and makes it generally more tolerable. Until you try and get into your car. Which is 155 degrees. With no a/c…

  2. I live right now in South Carolina, which is literally a swap. High humidity and Constanly high eighties to high nineties. However I have been to hotter places for extented periods and this is what I’ve learned. Synthetic or Silk shirts (think underarmor) while expensive can be a great deal more comfortable as they allow sweat to evapoate quicker. Plus they feel good when dry. Pound water and supplement your diet with salt as you can easily drink a half gallon or more of water. If you get headaches from the heat like I do, take about 4-800mg of motrin. It’ll help and you won’t feel too dopey. As for sleep a dehumidifier and anti-histimine can make it a whole lot more bearable. That’s all I got and good luck. I enjoy the comic.

  3. I’m also a Floridiot. Hot, yeah. Humid, yeah. But even though I don’t have AC, the ocean is a three minute walk from my house. Oh, and we also have the bipolar weather here. There has been times when I was standing there baking in the full noon sun and I could see a wall of rain rolling up the street towards me.

  4. Right now it’s winter in Australia, but up here in Queensland it still burns up during the day. Summer, which reached it’s height in February, was pretty much like you are describing… the rainforest isn’t known for being dry, after all. I remember stepping off the plane and feeling like I was just emerged in water, the air was so humid. Fortunately, Australia really doesn’t have a problem with you leaving on your fan 24/7, so in short… it sucks to be you!

    1. But Australia has giant spiders that crawl in front of fans and get blown onto your bodyfgbnvvsdkjgfskldfgdfjkgdsijde the thought makes me shiver and cry.

  5. My old home town is 31C right now. Doesn’t sound too bad until I tell you it’s mid-winter right now. Oh, and in summer it’s been known to get to over 100% RH (air is super-saturated). To top it off, the place averages 2000 lightning strikes/month peak season.

  6. Geez, I understand what you mean, Jim. I really hate the heat. I was born in the north-eastern region of Brazil, thus, near Equator and hot as hell throughout the year (the colder it gets there is 24°C/75.2°F) – hence the nickname we usually give to it, Hellcife (originally Recife, the Portuguese word for “reef”). One of the biggest problems in Recife’s weather is, also, the extreme humidity throughout the year.
    Ganbattekudasai, J-kun. o/

    1. I would love to live in a place with “Hell” in it’s name.

      Wait, actually, no, no I wouldn’t. D: Good luck to you too!!

  7. A little late to the comment party, but I just had to chime in:

    Here in northern California, the high today was about 62F (17C) with moderately high humidity and mostly sunny skies; on the hottest day in summer it’ll hit maybe 80F on the coast, but the humidity is usually lower.

    The nearest beach is a five minute drive away, is approximately six uninterrupted miles of dunes, and depending on which parking area you pick you’d unlikely to run into a dozen people on the less-crowded beaches when the University’s not in session.

    Our real problem with summer is that the water is freezing and you have two kinds of beach weather: Sunny and brutally windy, or foggy and cold. So it’s really not exactly a paradise, but if you’re like me and you hate weather extremes, it doesn’t get any better than this.

    1. I pick…sunny and brutally windy. That way you can fly kites and perhaps fly yourself! Still, that’s about the same type of weather in the UK!

  8. In south of Brazil it’s fucking hot and humid, depending on the day. In the sun fell’s like a boiling egg, but out of it, can be somewhat fresh. Temperature goes for something over 30°C all the day, and 25 in the night, no less.

  9. In the mountains where I live, we’ve been hitting 100 F during the day, and a soothing 80 F at night. Thankfully it’s dry heat or the humidity would kill me. Or at least I’d like to say no humidity, but there’s storm clouds gathering overhead, and the humidity is ramping up as we’re waiting for rain. At least the rain will cool it down a few degrees.

  10. As a resident of the lovely state of Florida where humidity makes winter feel cold as the arctic and summer as hot as a desert, I can sympathize. The only tips I could give is but several box fans then proceed to find a nice window to place one in and set up the others to get a air current going. Also look in to getting a dehumidifier. My teacher had one for our science class and it rocked.

    1. Seems pretty much like here: hellish hot and freezinly cold. Altough winter is better for me.

  11. If your schedule will allow it try being more active in the evening/night when temperatures will be lower. Keep in mind if you’re going through a schedule change from active in the day to active at night you’ll have an adjustment period where it may be difficult to fall asleep. Be sure to keep plenty of coffee/caffeine on hand if you don’t already drink it.

    Otherwise I’ve heard keeping a moist towel on hand helps but I don’t know how well that works without a fan. There’s always the manual method of a paper fan in a pinch. A how-to video:

    Otherwise if you have time, the internet always has answers to questions.

    1. Great advice, thanks so much! I have tried wrapping a wet, cool cloth around my neck recently and that does the trick!

  12. In northern Virginia the average has been 90-100*f or 30-37 *C for the last few weeks and i happen to live on top of a mountain where it is at least 5-10*F cooler than down in town. I wish you the best of luck not melting away!

  13. Well, here in New York City, it’s been kicking 95F for the past few weeks. Combine it with the humidity that we get normally, and man is it bad. Just standing in the sun is bad, so fans or A/C’s are necessary. Been 2 heat waves in the first 2 weeks of summer.

    1. Oh wow, heat waves are very irregular back home in the UK, they can last for weeks in Japan though. Take care!

  14. The best way describe a Summer in the middle of Texas: HOTTER THAN THE GODDAMN DEVIL FUCKING TAINT! Alternative description of the middle of Texas: Don’t like the Weather, just wait five minutes, It’ll get way worst, trust me. The weather is Bipolar as Fuck.

      1. YYYYYyyyuuuuppppp, if the Period had a Period and that very same had Period had a Period, then periodperiodperiod gonna have their period happen right now, so yes that pretty much sums it up.

    1. West Texas here, normal daily temps are anywhere from 100-115F (that’s 37-47C) unless we get a cold front or rain and that’ll drop it down to about 90-95F (32-35C), which is about where nighttime temps hover around.
      I fly around all day spraying crops in an old biplane, and temps inside of the cockpit get up to 140F due to the engine being directly in front of you.
      There are no conventional solutions to deal with the heat, not even soaking my clothes in water lasts for more than 5 minutes.
      I’m using a cooling suit made for nascar and baja racers that circulates cold water from a ice chest to tubing sewn into the body suit.
      Fly without it and you last an hour at most before you start losing consciousness.

      There are a few less expensive options that actually work, though they’re still pricey.
      These work well for motorcyclists, and is small enough to be worn just about anywhere:

      Cheaper alternative, uses phase change packs to keep you cool.
      Store extra packs in the fridge or ice chest to keep cool all day long:

        1. If you know anything at all about sewing (or you know someone who is) you can grab a sleeveless vest and have pockets sewn inside of them to fit a few cold compress packs. Instant cool vest for 1/10th the cost! Be sure to buy the bagged packs, not the solid ice packs used to replace ice in coolers…they conform to contours and provide a larger surface area for cooling. Buy several pairs so you’ll never be without a set of frozen packs.

          At home, you can try another idea, an ice chest air conditioner:
          I doubt it would cost much of anything to build, so the biggest cost would be buying lots of bagged ice (unless your freezer is up to the task).
          Would be good for cooling down a bed, desk, or couch while watching TV, just not for an entire house/apartment.

  15. *gasp*
    Somehow my comment was cut >.< The part about german weather is missing. Did Lacie steal it? /(°_°;)\

  16. Oh, I remember the extreme humidity in Japan when I was there during summer holidays years ago (July/August).
    Not using fans sounds sooo much like a typical japanese excuse for saving energy… <_.<

    P.S. Remember Eureka Seven AO ò.ó

  17. Here in Te Hiku-o-te-Ika, Aotearoa (Northland, New Zealand) the summer temperatures tend to sit in the middle to high twenties (ºC), with 90-100% humidity. The humidity tends to sit in the high nineties for the duration of the estival months.
    I don’t have air conditioning in my house either. But I do have it in my car.

    I pissing hate the summers here, the constant humidity tends to drive me a bit bonkers after a while :p

  18. It sounds pretty awful, we’ve had a few days like that, but consistently? Rarely. I feel for you, I really do. D: I should send you over a tiny USB fan, they really work well. Plus, it doesn’t use much electricity, just a USB slot! Then again, Japan probably has tons of them. xD

    Oooh, is the Nebuta Festival the one where you met the Major last year?

    You know a normal summer here I think. xD Pretty meh. Although, it’s been warm these past couple of nights.

    1. I know of British summers all too well. *has 3 umbrellas back home*

      I do remember a huge heatwave in, when was it, ’09 or something. I was living down in Leamington Spa and it was insane – Argos even ran out of fans! But that was just heat, not humidity, so I wasn’t soaked in sweat, just really hot and angry.

      Uh no Nebuta isssss some big prefecture-wide festival, the one I met the mayor at was some little local thing.

      1. Good to know you stocked up!

        I can’t remember since it gets clouded up with the weather this year. You’ve missed so weird weather.

        OH. Take pictures when it comes around! 🙂

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