|"Since when does it get hot in Melbourne?"
||[Jan. 28th, 2009|05:10 pm]
Interesting that the journalists are now following my example and describing this as "The heatwave from hell"|
Heatwave gets them all aTwitter
January 28, 2009 - 4:34PM
The heatwave from hell ... that's pretty much how it was being described today on social networking site Twitter.
Sydneysiders will be spared the blisteringly hot conditions torturing those in Adelaide and Melbourne.
A high-pressure system and sea breezes are keeping Sydney temperatures under the mid-30s, the weather bureau says.
But the 40-degree temperatures hitting Melbourne - dubbed the "hottest spell in a century" - are causing some people to unravel, as evidenced on Twitter.
Numerous Melburnians revealed themselves going into shock as the mercury rose through the day.
One user, gogglezombie, said: "Walk halfway to worked. Heatsroke & vomit. Call in sick. Typical Melbourne summer day."
Just an hour or so earlier, melaniesays wrote: "Its Freeking 40 Degrees outside! MELBOURNE?? since when does it get hot here?"
The extreme heat forced the delayed start of scheduled matches at the Australian Open, where officials invoked the "extreme heat policy".
The roof on Rod Laver Arena was closed after the first set of the women's quarter-final between Serena Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova.
No new matches will begin on the outside courts until the temperature drops.
Even an American watching the tennis in the US could appreciate the intensity of the heat.
"It must really be brutally hot today in Melbourne, Pat McEnroe and Mary Carillo can't stop talking about the heat," user RickRoswell wrote on Twitter.
Local owenhodda wrote: "Power back, but phones down. I love how unprepared for the heat Melbourne is."
Earlier, the sweltering temperatures wreaked havoc with Melbourne's public transport system, forcing train cancellations and speed restrictions.
"It's so hot in Melbourne our train network is melting," wrote user biss13 on Twitter about 1.30pm.
A short time later, another user, brappy, said the heat was so bad it was enough to make him go to work early.
"It's over 42.5C/108F now. Massive train cancellations are starting here in Melbourne. Going to work early for the A/C," he said.
Another, digitalsprawl, wrote: melbourne what is this weather? and we get another seven days of it too, uuuuuugh."
At 1pm, gaylemare said. "I was just outside for 5 minutes & I could feel my skin burning."
With blistering temperatures forecast for both Melbourne and Adelaide, an odd heat race broke out on Twitter between the two cities.
At 1.40pm, Melburnian GrumpyWookie wrote: "it's still only 40.0 outside - Adelaide is 43.9. C'mon Melbourne !! We can't be beaten by those damn crow-eaters !"
- with AAP