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Writing to you from hell... [Jan. 23rd, 2009|12:41 pm]
Stephan
The next person who says "Australia is the most wonderful place to live" had better be prepared to live with Foxaroo claw wounds.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/5277565/ambos-urge-caution-heat-wave/

"Ambos urge caution during heat wave"

(Stephan's note: "Ambo" is Aussie slang for Ambulance, or the paramedics who crew them)

January 23, 2009, 12:01 pm
Scorching temperatures are in store across NSW over the Australia Day long weekend following a week of sweltering temperatures.

Weekend day-time temperatures are expected to remain in the high 30s across NSW after almost a week of hot weather.

In Sydney, the minimum temperature on Thursday night was a balmy 25 degrees, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

It is only the 17th time since records began 150 years ago that Sydney has sweltered through such night-time temperatures.

The NSW Ambulance Service is urging people to take care during celebrations over the long weekend to avoid being a victim of the heat.

It says the elderly and very young in particular should stay out of the sun and anyone outdoors should carry plenty of water, wear protective clothing and use sun-block.

Outdoor exercise or strenuous physical activity should be avoided, especially in the middle of the day.

Possible symptoms of heat exhaustion include nausea and vomiting, faintness, dizziness, loss of appetite, weakness and headache.

Anyone suffering these symptoms should be laid down on their side and cool, wet towels should be applied around their neck and under the arms.

Cool fluids should also be consumed.

Severe symptoms may include confusion, fitting, severe headache or collapse.
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[User Picture]From: ccdesan
2009-01-23 03:23 am (UTC)
Sounds like pretty balmy weather for Phoenix and Tucson in Arizona. Take a look at the historical extremes for Tucson in the month of June:

Day Max Max Low

1st

40.6

26.7

2nd

40.6

16.7

3rd

41.7

23.9

4th

44.4

22.8

5th

42.2

28.3

6th

42.2

26.1

7th

42.8

23.3

8th

43.9

26.1

9th

42.8

27.8

10th

43.3

27.2

11th

43.9

25.6

12th

42.8

26.1

13th

43.3

26.7

14th

43.9

27.8

15th

43.3

29.4

16th

42.8

28.3

17th

42.8

30.6

18th

45.0

26.1

19th

44.4

28.3

20th

43.3

28.9

21st

44.4

30.0

22nd

45.6

28.3

23rd

45.0

29.4

24th

45.0

30.6

25th

46.1

30.6

26th

47.2

32.8

27th

44.4

31.7

28th

46.1

30.0

29th

46.7

30.6

30th

44.4

28.9


Edited at 2009-01-23 03:33 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-01-23 03:33 am (UTC)
What is average humidity for Arizona? Here it's 57%, we are a harbour city after all.
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[User Picture]From: ccdesan
2009-01-23 03:30 pm (UTC)
Arizona is dry. Granted, your humidity would make the heat you described unbearable, but the *blistering* heat of the Arizona desert keeps most people inside where it's air conditioned. Many folks from Salt Lake have winter residences down there, when it's quite pleasant.

Stay cool...
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2009-01-23 04:30 am (UTC)
Is that Celsius?
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[User Picture]From: alaskawolf
2009-01-23 12:48 pm (UTC)
take care and try to stay cool
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-01-23 05:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks Alaskawolf.

The best I can do (when morning) is try to spend as much of the day as I can resting in a cold bath. The ramshackle system I've set up here for the air-conditioning is entirely ineffective when these temperatures are reached.

It's just one more reason I have to want to strangle my brother for jumping ship and leaving me here unable to move out due to the nation-wide rent crisis.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-01-23 05:36 pm (UTC)
There's no respite...

It's 4:30am as I write this, since I've been unable to sleep for the past hour and a half. According to the Sydney Morning Herald website (http://weather.smh.com.au/local.jsp) it's currently 25 celcius outside, and even warmer in here because the brickwork hasn't been able to cool down.

I hate living in this country.
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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2009-01-23 07:37 pm (UTC)
Hmm, it sounds like it almost exactly mirroring our winter up here.
(um, long and cold as opposed to long and hot)

Usually, we get two weeks of snow, then it disappears quickly in the week after that.
But not this year.

This year, we had two weeks of deep snow (the deep part being unusual for our area), followed by two weeks of being very mild, letting most of the snow melt.
Then we had two weeks of very cold conditions, with lots and lots of fog, then we might get more snow this weekend...

Aside from funds, what else would be preventing you from changing countries?
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-01-23 11:43 pm (UTC)
A job and a residency permit.

I had been looking for jobs in my company's Canadian offices, but I needed to put that on hold until after I've recovered from the operation. After my arm has healed I'll start looking again. With the downturn in the economy my chances aren't good, but I'll do my best to look.

The residency permit is another matter entirely. I've no idea how I'll fare there. There's a naging doubt in my mind that the credit card companies are refusing to give me a card because something untrue has been recorded about me, and it makes me wonder if that (whatever it is) might affect my chances of applying for work overseas.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-01-24 10:14 am (UTC)
Good news & bad news on the Sydney weather front.

It's cooled down outside - there's a truly magnificent breeze (more like a wind actually) blowing across the city at about 20 degrees celcius.

The bad news is that the brickwork of my high-rise building has already soaked up the heat and will take all night to cool down. I'll be nodding off early tonight to recover the sleep I lost last night, and as insurance I'll be taking a withdrawal from my temazepam reserve.
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