The heatwave continues with temperature soaring to 49c in some parts of the regions around here. At the moment we have touched 46.5c and that is expected to get even hotter today and tomorrow. Port Augusta recorded 50.1c but the “Official Temperature” was only 44c. I have problems with this “Official Temperature” guff and I see it the temperature is what that big bright orange ball in the sky beats down on your wee head – that’s the temperature – not some reading on a thermometer, protected from direct sunlight, protected from rain and protected from wind. It may well be “Official”but that doesn’t make it real.
Government: The fires are getting worse and now the outer suburbs of Sydney are at risk
Prime Minister: Yes I know
Government: The temperatures will soar into the high 40s this entire week and break records across the whole nation
Prime Minister: Yes I know
Government: The Drought is spreading and cattle are dying and farmers are in desperate straights
Prime Minister: Yes I know.
Prime Minister: Address your concerns to the Deputy Prime Minister, I am going on holiday
Oh I agree, everyone deserves a holiday, but when your house is threatened by fire, it is not perhaps the best time to take said holiday. At this time the Prime Minister should be here – taking happy family photographs in a warm sunny place while firefightere have died at home, and an area, bigger than Wales is burning , is not a good look.
A temperature reading at Waikerie in South Australia was 51c and my thermometer was reading 50c – which is as high as it can go but the “Official” temperature is 44.3c. Well, yes, it’s still hot but 6 degrees
lower than what it really is. Tomorrow (Friday) is going to be the hottest day of the heatwave with Saturday predicted to be thunderstorms – which should be interesting since I have a fundraising day for the RFDS. Fortunately the one that the Council was trying to organise for Saturday evening, has been cancelled. We really needed more than two people although John and I would have managed, we have done it before, but certainly under less stressful weather conditions. Just had a look at the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) site and it says 45c with overnight at 28c – another uncomfortable night. Tomorrow we are looking at about 46+c before the cool change sweeps through, bringing much welcome and needed relief.
Friday and the temperature did indeed reach 45c but in some parts of the state it went higher and a fire started. It is now burning out of control and heading towards the town of Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills. Everything was thrown at this fire but the high heat, the difficulty of the terrain and the changing winds just blew it out of control. Despite all they have on their hands, New South Wales sent some of their firefighters down to help us. There have been reported injuries to firefighters and police and 28 people have been taken to hospital. The wind whipped up dust storms for a while – which really didn’t help matters. We just have to pray that nothing happened here because our firefighters and units have gone to help fight the fires in the Adelaide Hills.
The fundraising for the RFDS that was supposed to happen today – didn’t. What with all the heat and the problems thoughout the week dates were mixed up. Well yes, we do have a fundraising
event and it is on 22nd December but somehow days got mixed up and it was believed that the 22nd was today (Saturday) – it”s tomorrow (Sunday) and I’m not down to do it – it being Sunday. Anyway, we have put it down as a heat related mix-up. The fires here in South Australia have claimed two lives and injured 28 – many of those injured are firefighters and the present outlook is not good.