Friday, December 18, 2015

Cunning Plan

Beat the heat by getting into town early. Too late, she cried. For you unmetricated foreigners, that is 97F. Tomorrow's forecast is for 41 (106F) and it is weekly grocery shopping morning. Household management will say, 'let's get the shops early to beat the heat and before it gets too busy'. Half of the rest of Melbourne will say the same thing. It will be hot and busy.

Btw, just as an interest, Melbourne's highest ever official temperature is 46.4, 116F recorded in February 2009. Nothing to do with global warming though. I also remember snow falling on Christmas Day.


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  1. I would shrivel up and blow away... a dried up old thing...

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    1. Jac, it is a pretty dry heat that never feels quite as bad to me as humidity.

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    2. I have to agree about the dry heat, much prefer it.

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  2. I was planning on staying home and inside just like I did today, but I need the Saturday paper to read the Real Estate pages and I want a lotto ticket so I can win myself a nice Christmas nest egg. Shop opens at 7am, Lotto place not until 9am. Get to the shop at 8.30 am, read the paper in the cool of the shopping centre until the Lotto place opens, by then I'll feel cool enough to manage the walk home through the increasing warmth of the morning.
    At least there is no humidity. Yet.

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    1. Pretty good plan River. As I was writing the post I realised you were probably experiencing the weather today that we will have tomorrow.

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    2. We didn't make our expected high of 42C, we only reached 40.8C. Tomorrow we're expecting 44C, ugh! Then on Sunday, we're supposed to drop right down to 26C. I hope that happens, I have mince pies to make.

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  3. Can you go tonight once it cools down? We usually do our shopping on a Sunday evening - less busy, less hot. :)

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    1. No Snoskred. We cannot. We have our routines. Drinks 5.30 till 7.00 then dinner. While as a shift worker it is routine often broken, that is how I prefer it when I am home.

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  4. Andrew it is too hot for me..

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    1. Gosia, you had your own high temperatures earlier this year. What is happening?

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  5. That's pretty darned hot. I'm assuming that your shops (especially grocery stores) are air conditioned?

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    1. Yes Walt, everything is air conditioned but not the outside where have to venture at times. I plan to begin a campaign to bring Middle Eastern air conditioning standards to Australia.

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    2. What's the difference? Between their aircon and ours?

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    3. River, our European made trams from the early two thousands had inadequate air con that could not cope with Australian temperatures. Your older new trams had the same but at least your government upgraded the air con on your trams.

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  6. That's a bit too hot. I agree about dry heat, it feels less oppressive to me than humidity. Stay cool!

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    1. Craig, I recently listened to something somewhere where there was discussion about whether Dublin housing needed air conditioning for cooling or would de-humidifiers be adequate. I guess Dublin can become warm and humid.

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  7. While we up here in the sub tropics have reasonable temperatures.28°C. Lucky my daughter came up here yesterday. Keep cool. Hope you have aircon.

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    1. Dearest Diane, 28 is not reasonable. 20 is reasonable. The temps on the display were before I turned the air con on.

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  8. It was a strange day. I had to drive to Thomastown. It was 27 in the city whilst the car was showing 40 most of the drive. When I got home after work it was 27, then it climbed back to 32 and is sitting on 30 now.

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    1. Truly weird Fen. My tablet when I updated the temp was showing 39 for St Kilda Road Central, yet outside there was a cool breeze blowing an it felt like about 22.

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  9. It takes some time for me to get used to the digital display.

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    1. Haddock, I like to think I prefer analogue displays, but I find digital displays pretty clear.

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  10. Bleah.
    We are not (fortunately) as hot as you or River (way too hot for my liking though). I hope you get some relief. Soon. Dry heat is indeed better, but still vile.

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    1. EC, yes dry heat with that nasty and dirty north wind.

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  11. Funny about that, snow one Christmas, heat wave another long before global warming was even thought of.
    You certainly are having one mighty heat wave there. We are having warmer weather earlier, was 33 deg C today, same tomorrow.
    Keep cool Andrew.

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    1. Margaret, that is quite warm enough. Hobart has a certain appeal at this time of year.

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  12. I liked going shopping when the heat was intense here, because the shops have AC and I'm not paying for it.

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    1. Many here do that Strayer but where we shop is not a shopping centre or mall, but individual shops and the car is parked out in the sun.

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  13. For winter we have unusual warm temperatures too, 14°C today, but I remember that once we even had 18° ! Usually it should be around 5°C or even snow !
    In Egypt it was warm around 30° ! I think the weather hasn't changed, it's only because now we know what weather is in China, before we didn't even know the weather of the next town !

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    1. Gattina, the warmth in Europe this winter is disturbing. Yes, we have all this weather information now but we can still complain about our own weather.

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  14. Maybe you need to go shopping as late as possible to avoid the crowds, however it wont help the temperature in the shops. It was like a Spring day yesterday with a temperature of 17deg.

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    1. Marie, that seems ridiculous for this time of the year in London. I suppose this is the weekend when our large shopping centres will be open 26 hours and the media will have a story showing a child abusing family shopping at 3am.

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  15. Ugh.
    Give me winter any day!

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    1. Yep Jayne. Rug up and with a rosy glow on our cheeks.

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