Wednesday, January 13, 2016

42 degrees but who is counting

Yes, it reached 42 degrees today, 107F and luckily it was my day off. We went into town early for some brunch in our fave place in Centre Place and then a visit to QV for a couple of things and then home. I sat in the middle of one of our Siemens trams where it is the coolest because that is where the air con pumps out the cool. Then the air con shut down, as apparently they do on that tram model when it gets hot. Funny thing that, really. We did little else but indoor activities for the rest of the day. I spoke to Sister and on the Bellarine, which is normally cooler, and it had reached 44 degrees in her town.

I went out onto the balcony and I could see a front coming across the bay. "Cool change coming in five minutes", I called out to R. It arrived in less than a minute and was very dramatic.


Dust blew around from a building site.


Below The Highrise the garden of a commercial property is  undergoing renovation.


Just before the front hit, the traffic lights went out and police were directing traffic. And then the dust arrived, blown in from western Victoria, but nothing like the dust storm of 1983 that I so vividly remember.


And then a big oops. The Spirit of Tasmania broke loose from its Station Pier mooring. It should be parallel to the pier but instead has swung around to be 90 degrees to the pier.


Slowly tugs pulled her back to her correct position.





This photo tweeted by reporter Tracee Hutchison who was about to board the Spirit shows us that some things are broke.


24 comments:

  1. 42? Shudder. We got to 38 which is well out of my comfort zone. Mind you, my sweet spot is around 14, so all of summer is out of my comfort zone. No cool change here yet. Tomorrow night. Perhaps.
    The dust storm looks amazing, and I am glad that the damage to the Spirit of Tasmania was relatively minor.

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    1. EC, maybe you are cooler now or soon at least. Scorcher for Sydney today. So often Sydney has the opposite weather to Melbourne. Yes, it seems like only minor damage to the Spirit.

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  2. Lucky someone noticed the ferry before she drifted away.
    Glad you got some cooler weather, 42 is horrible. We have our cool change now too, I turned off the airconditioner finally after running it non stop since Monday.

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    1. River, apparently people on the beach nearby were screaming as she swung around towards them. They just ran. Only 19 here today, delicious.

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  3. Także care how to survive in my place is now 5 c amazing it is middle od winter

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    1. Gosia, after a very hot summer you are having a very hot winter.

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  4. I think we are getting your weather today tomorrow but we are only getting 40.
    Just heard about the ferry on the news.
    Merle.................

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    1. "Only" getting to 40c? hehe... I am happiest from 22-34c, then hot from 35-38c, then totally floppy over 38c.

      The top storey of this house is still boiling hot, hours after the cool change came through, because the bricks are still radiating stored heat.

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    2. Merle, only 40...you can have a barbecue and sunbake.

      Hels, we once looked to buy a modest place with a second story addition of a couple of bedrooms, but even in winter it was stinking hot. But it wasn't brick so did not retain the heat. Although bricks will keep a place cool for a day or two, once they heat up.....

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  5. Anonymous10:30 pm

    I can only imagine what a 42 degree day feels like after experiencing a couple of 36 degree days here in Cairns. I hear on the news the Spirit of Tasmania was damaged and won't sail tonight.
    Carol

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    1. Carol, it is a dry heat so perhaps easier to bear, although at 42, outside felt like an oven. Yes, she did not sail last night.

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  6. It was awful today! I was working in the city and went outside briefly at lunchtime, and it was scarily hot. I was at the train station not far from home when the cool change and dust clouds hit, but strangely enough it feels warmer outside again now at 11.45pm than it was then. Melbourne weather is insane.

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    1. Jackie, while I did not see 11.45pm, it was lovely and cool early this morning, after a proper cool change later in the night.

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  7. It's 42 here, but that is Fahrenheit. I cannot imagine such heat. We got up over a hundred several times last summer but not that high. Yikes. Good wishes, and ice hats to you.

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    1. Also I was going to ask, is there only one Spirit of Tasmania, or more than one in the line, so if one is damaged, it is not such a loss?

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    2. Strayer, I guess that is about 5 degrees in our money. Cold, but not unbearable. Yes, there are two ferries and the other one will now run non stop in an attempt to keep an almost normal service. The ferry carries many cars and a lot of freight too.

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  8. That balcony of yours is a veritable window on life, events and weather in Melbourne.

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    1. Marie, the views are the only reason R convinced to move to a high rise from a house. Now I couldn't live without them.

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  9. Such hot days your are having in Melbourne. I feel sorry for those that don't have A/C.
    Dreadful regarding the ship, but it's pleasing that no one was hurt.
    Indefinably that ferry will be out, so the reports say.

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    1. Margaret, not too many people here don't have air con now, but housing commission residents, the poorest people, mostly don't. Seems one ferry can cope for a short time. Amazing to see today two Spirits at Station Pier.

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  10. We didn't get much of a change here, just a little bit of wind and two spots of rain. It was a claytons cool change, only down to 32 degrees!

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    1. Yes Fen, the southerly arrived overnight. The change was a westerly, full of dirty wind.

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  11. 42C ouch! We had 40 on Saturday and that was bad enough! Isn't it always the way when the weather's so hot, public transport air-conditioning breaks down! I saw on the news about the Spirit of Tasmania, those winds must have been crazy!

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    1. Grace, we have had worse wind. Maybe it was the angle it was coming from or perhaps the ferry simply wasn't properly moored.

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