Saturday, February 16, 2013

It's too damn hot

Unlike our usual summer weather pattern of a couple of killer hot days near or at 40 degrees followed by a few cooler days in the low 20s, we have had succession of 30 plus degrees days with high humidity. High humidity is usually accompanied by an easterly wind, bringing tropical moisture down from the north along the coast and then blowing it inland to Victoria. Unfortunately no rain this time. Melbourne is not designed for such weather. I have confirmed the details with R.

Last night at the Dick Whittington celebrating our friend from Japan's birthday, lovely and cool. Refrigerated air con.

Breakfast at Prahran Central. Deliciously cool. Refrigerated air con.

Dan Murphys for a bottle or two of wine, hot as, when normally is lovely and cool on a hot day. Evaporative air conditioning.

Fruit and vegetable shop, I think evaporative but because of the force of the air being blown out, it felt coolish.

Coles, refridge air con, very comfortable.

Tonight, another pub meal at a place familiar to us, evaporative air con and stinking hot and among our group, others recall when on a very hot night it was cool.

Melbourne doesn't get a lot of humid weather, thank someone, but when we do, many of our houses and buildings don't cope with it all well. I spoke to Tradie Brother earlier and his new replacement evaporative cooling just is not cooling.

When I was much younger, a few times I visited the NSW town of Griffith, hot and dry, and evaporative cooling worked like magic there. 

I expect evaporative cooling would be useless in Brisbane. They may not even know what it is. I can't see it being much use in Sydney either. Melbourne with its normally dry heat, it works well enough, but not for the weather we are having at the moment.

As you can tell, if you did not know already, I hate the heat and the only decent place to be when it is hot is in a refrigerated air conditioned building. (with apologies to those in the other hemisphere who are probably freezing)


13 comments:

  1. Hello Andrew:
    It does sound as though, despite all, you are coping!!

    Budapest becomes similarly hot in the height of summer but it is never humid as you describe here.

    Stay cool(!!) and enjoy your weekend.

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  2. JayLa, we must continue to function. I should check Euro weather and Budapest's for next year. I have established that we are going upstream along the Danube, and downstream along the Rhine. But how we get from one to the other remains unsolved. I expect there is a canal. The tour ends in Amsterdam, although the Rhine empties into the sea at Rotterdam. Must be another canal.

    I have never been as uncomfortably hot as I was in London, because there was no air con to switch on, and as for The Tube, it was Hades.

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  3. The best way to keep cool in humidity is to find some shade and a fan - the moisture in the air cools the breeze from the fan. I guess that's why punkah-wallahs were such a big deal in colonial times ...

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    1. Red, with the humidity, at times we get a cool breeze. Most unusual weather. I love the idea of a punkah wallah, who when not prostate with the rope on his toe, could be prostrate for another purpose. Whoops, TMI.

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    2. Or maybe multi-tasking?

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  4. I love these hot days, much nicer than the horrible 40's weather. I actually didn't think it had been that humid. At least the nights cool down enough to be comfortable.

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    1. Fen, I fear we are not marriage material. We like different weather.

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  5. Melbourne's summer is almost always on a four day cycle. It starts at 22c on the first day, 28c on the second, 32c on the third, 35c on the fourth but then the cold front comes through and we start all over again. Always bone dry!

    So what has gone so badly wrong this year? Over 32c every day, no 4 day cycle, no cold front and above all no dryness :( Noone can tolerate feeling humid.... like a limp squid :(

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    1. Precisely Hels. What has gone wrong?

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  6. Just call me Bad News Bob, I was on the phone with my brother in Freemantle last night and he told me there is more heat coming our way. A couple of cooler days in there, but mostly heat. Wet a couple of bedsheets and wrap them around yourself like a sarong or toga, it might help. Put a clean DRY towel in the freezer and put it on your bed to lie on as you go to sleep.

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    1. Damn bad news River. I sleep fine with the overhead fan on and just a doubled sheet but the place is already cool because the air con has been on.

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  7. It's the same here Andrew, it's just got to be refrigerated to beat the humidity. Summers definitely seem to be heating up all over Australia.
    btw 'thank someone' made me laugh!!

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    1. Grace, I would not have thought you would get much humidity, but clearly enough to know.

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