Thousands of Firefighters are being placed on standby as the temperature soars to 44c and above. To add to the problem, we have a North Wind, which is helping to dry everything out. We are not, officially, in a heatwave – yet. A heatwave is defined as five consecutive days when the temperature is above 35c. So, if you have, 36,36,42.35,31 – then it’s not a heatwave and if the 6th day soars to 44c., then that’s the start of another five day cycle. What you have to remember is that 44c is the “Official” temperature. It is not ground temperature and it is not what the sun is beating down on your wee head. The official temperature is taken in a shaded area not in the direct heat of the sun – like your head. The dogs are sleeping inside and I have renewed the bowl of water I have at the end of the drive. In weather like this – when I am home_ I change the water every couple hours to stop it getting hot. This is for dogs, or indeed, any thirsty animal to drink from. The birdbath has a slight leak and needs to be replaced/ repaired. It has been empty and I was intending to do the repairs soon – however, I have filled that with water also at least the birds can cool down, if needed. The Weather Bureau has warned that we are on track for temperatures above 40c for the next seven days. All the more reason why anyone with a lick of sense should have at least 6 litres of water in the boot (trunk) (for the radiator) and enough water for drinking. Today was 41c, and tomorrow will be 46c – official temperatures so I expect the dogs will be inside all of tomorrow. Actually, unless I have to go out I think I will be inside for most of tomorrow.
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Our dogs don’t want to go outside from May to October because we are well over 100F. Lucky them, they get to stay in the air conditioning, I do manual labor outside. can’t complain, at least when the sun goes down we are *only* in the high 90’s…
I figured that Arizona would be a hot place – like us – we have from late November to early April, but it has not been as hot and dry as this for some time and now there is a danger of bush fires to add to the mix.
Arizona has been on fire for the last 10 years. I hope you don’t have to deal with the same thing.