Much of southern Australia is suffering from a heat wave at the moment and the moaning is incessant, mostly from me really…
On Monday the temperature was 39°c (102°F), today 36°c (96°F) is forecast and the previous few days were much the same, so we are mostly sitting in front of the telly with cold drinks and wishing for the forecast cool change to hurry up and get here a little early.
The heat wave in 1939 had similar temperatures to today, but had lasted longer. They had a lot more to moan about too. In our house we are complaining about the lack of decent air-conditioning and the problem of keeping the freezer stocked with icy poles to stem the tide of whinge from the kids. In 1939 they had no household AC and were unlikely to have anything close to a fridge, let alone a freezer full of icy poles. Imagine that the best you could hope for was to keep your milk fresh in a thermos for just a few hours just as this hint advised.
People were threatened with ice rationing in Adelaide, poultry perished, and possums and kangaroos were reported to be dying in the bush due to the scarcity of water. Small bushfires were burning across the state, mere days before they merged into the massive fires of Black Friday (13th January) that burnt nearly 2 million hectares and killed 71 people.
Makes our whining about poor air-conditioning pretty pathetic, doesn’t it?
Have a look at www.britanniacreek.com/ and click on live weather to see what the day is like in my neck of the woods, their weather station is only a stones throw from home.