Heat WavesThe dog days of summer are upon us and it’s been one sweltering, humid day after another with no relief in sight. It’s without question one of the hottest and most humid summers I have experienced in all my years in Korea.

There have been some hot summers here in Korea that come close to this summer. The summer of 1994 was a wicked hot one. Back then I was teaching at Yonsei University’s Foreign Language Institute and had an early morning conversation class that started at 7:00. By the time I walked to school from Yonhui-dong, which was about a 15-minute walk, I was already drenched. The school didn’t turn on the air until 8:00 so that first hour was a brutal one.

Not many folks had air conditioning in their homes back then, either. I was living in this boarding house, just down the street from former South Korean president Roh Tae-woo, and I had one window in my room which looked out on another house. I spent two years in that boarding house; some rough times indeed during the summer months.

I read that other day that this heat wave is expected to last until the middle of August.

The daytime temperatures hover around 90-92 degrees with 100% humidity. It’s been that way for almost two weeks now. It’s done wonders for my morning workouts. I’ve been working out every morning from 6:00-7:30. I start out with an hour on the treadmill. Thanks to the heat and humidity, I’ve been able to sweat off a couple pounds.