Thursday, December 12, 2013

Autumn in Madinah

Bism Illah wa assalaamu alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

The beginning of autumn is a vague thing here in Madinah, because the weather is still extremely hot. However, over the three months of the season, the temperatures start to moderate, especially overnight. Mosquitoes start turning up and flies can be seen buzzing around the rubbish. During the intense heat of the spring and summer, they rarely make an appearance, maashaa Allah. By the end of November, we finally turned off the air conditioners and started sleeping with windows open and/or ceiling fans on. The air is fresh and cool in the mornings and evenings, while it still gets quite hot during the bright sunshine of the day.

A notable thing here is that the air becomes drier as the temperatures drop and this can have a notable effect on the skin, lungs, and mucous membranes. In our first year, I found myself with sore lips, extremely dry skin, a chronic sore throat, and prone to coughs. I was advised to get a humidifier and, maashaa Allah, it did the trick. In restoring the moisture to the air, all the unpleasant symptoms disappeared. Now, at the first sign of the cool, arid climate of autumn and winter, we switch on the humidifiers and enjoy the pleasant weather. Al hamdul'Illah.

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