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Temperature fluctuations in Australia’s summer

on January 17, 2014

Western Australia has already had a pretty severe heat wave, causing bush fires in the northern part of our capital city, Perth, but now the heat wave is on the eastern side of Australia with temperatures in the 40s. This is particularly frightening if you live in a forested area (which we don’t because the farm is cleared land), but I feel so concerned for those who have lost their homes and lives and/or have been evacuated or else told it is too late to evacuate.

Over here I think we are in for another hot weekend after a semi-cool week. It always amazes me how a 40 degree C day can be followed by a 25 degree C day. And while we broil downunder, people are freezing in the northern hemisphere. I know several bloggers are suffering this severe weather too and it scares me.

Our figs began ripening a week or so ago only to have shrivelled now and, today, the moonflowers came out but, a few hours later, quickly faltered.

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With whatever weather you are experiencing I wish you the best.


37 responses to “Temperature fluctuations in Australia’s summer

  1. niasunset says:

    Dear Julie, I heard and watched last night on television news, it is said that the hottest days of summer in there… Stay indoor, in cool places dear, and it is crazy weather, in here we are still like in spring days… when will be here winter I wonder, Thanks and love, nia

  2. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) says:

    Thanks Julie.
    The cool change arrived at exactly 8.15pm EST here, but despite my flat having cooled slightly, I can’t sleep. I’m thinking of sleeping on the lounge sofa bed as the bedroom is the worst. Quite a few brown leaves and wilted shrubs in our little garden here, and my lettuces have died.

    But thinking of all those homes lost is such a tragedy in WA. My brother was in Adelaide on business the last two days and said the heat was even worse there.

    The Grampians in western Victoria is the worst for fires, so far here.

    I think it was 44C today and tomorrow………..would you believe 23C. Hope there’s some rain in those thunder & lightning flashes to help the firefighters. Warming up again towards the end of next week I believe. I think I’ll be at the shops looking for a portable air conditioner next week, although a surf on the net reveals they’re mostly too noisy or inefficient.

    Hope it doesn’t get too hot again on your side of Oz.

  3. FlaHam says:

    Julie, The pictures of the figs and moonflower were delightful. Whenever you talk a C degree I hae to go get my converter chart LOL LOL, But I do know its summer, please take safe and cool as possible. Take care, Bill

  4. Stay cool and I’ll try to stay warm πŸ˜€

  5. I saw on the news that they had to cancel tennis matches because players were halucinating and passing out in the 43c heat! Stay in the shade my friend and have lots of cool drinks!

  6. viveka says:

    Love your photos … very pleasant – stay cool .. and drink a lot!!!! I have to dress me warm now – we got snow now … finally. +40C is fare too hot for my personal comfort. I stay up here, just now.

  7. tootlepedal says:

    The figs are a wonderful thing to have in the garden, shrivelled or not. I love figs and we could never grow them here except in a hothouse.

  8. janeslog says:

    The temperature here is also in the 40’s – 41F or 5 C.

    It quite mild here and we only have had a few days of frost. It must be terrible to have to endure that heat you have for weeks on end.

    I get the weather forecasts at work (to calculate power generation and purchase of gas) and it looks like up to March it is going to remain mild. I only get Europe forecasts so I can’t say how Australia will be in that period.

    One thing – it can’t last.

    NB: a woman has started getting on my train connection at Newton with a bag which has a map of Australia on it. I asked her this morning where she had been in Australia and she said ‘Perth’. Her daughter lives there. Do you know anyone there who comes from Newton in Lanarkshire?!!

  9. Its even been v.v.v. hot here in Tassie this past week with temperatures > 30 consistently recorded and there was one day that was > 40 here at home. It does cool down here at night, whereas where I grew up (south of Sydney) it heatwaves you would be lucky if dropped a little between 5 am to 7 am before it heated up again. I much prefer the not-quite-so-hot weather and the pleasant nights. .

  10. ksbeth says:

    and we are 100 degrees f apart in temp from you right now. )

  11. Terry says:

    I would like to have half your heat to rid the snow here!!!!

  12. My flight was delayed in Canada, so I got to see my niece, her hubby, and son who had been also delayed returning from Australia. His folks live in Sydney. My niece’s dad took bundling snow clothes to wrap them in since Ontario was in a -25 (chill factor -40) stint. What a shock to the system.

  13. That is really hot! Do you have enough water for your plants, livestock, and yourselves?

  14. Pseu says:

    Would you like some of our wet wet wet? πŸ™‚

  15. tersiaburger says:

    We are also experiencing a terrible heatwave. Beer…cold pool…

  16. diannegray says:

    It’s amazing that it’s cooler here in Cairns than any other part of the country at the moment. I really feel for those who have lost their homes in the fires.

  17. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    Oh, fresh figs – YUM YUM YUM. How delightful.

    I’ve been loving this heat, just loving it.

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