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"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
Arjun Ramachandran
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

[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2009-01-28 07:01 am (UTC)
Youch, I'm glad I don't live there!

What have you been doing to stay out of the heat?
(I do want to make sure you don't expire before you update KZN at least once more)

I wonder what Twitter users around here are saying about our extra drop of snow we got today...
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-01-28 08:40 am (UTC)
carlfoxmarten said:"Youch, I'm glad I don't live there!",

Well Melbourne is a long way south of Sydney, and it's normally much cooler there.

What I'm doing to cope with the heat: I'm avoiding going out in the sun, drinking plenty of fluids, and when I'm at home I'm doing the hippopotamus thing and staying in the bathtub as much as possible. I only wish it were possible for me to work on my project from there.

The big problem is that I need to do all the preparations for my absence from home in February, including backing up my hard drive and putting all my valuable items in locked cupboards so I don't have to worry when the Real Estate agent calls in. Therefore I can't stay in hippo-state forever.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-01-28 08:43 am (UTC)
Typing mistake sorry, that should have been "projects" plural.
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[User Picture]From: ccdesan
2009-01-28 07:02 am (UTC)
Hope this heat wave breaks for you soon... I do remember one such experience when I lived in Seattle. We had 40's for about two weeks or so, and up there the humidity is much like what you get. It's the only time I've gone Commando in my life... if I was less inhibited I would have been tempted to paddle around in my skin. It was truly horrific.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-01-28 08:42 am (UTC)
It sure is.

I think this is part of the reason behind a recent polling which shows that 90% of Australians want nuclear power to replace our coal-fired power stations. The Greenhouse effect is too severe here to be ignored.
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2009-01-28 05:36 pm (UTC)
108 F? I don't think I've ever been in area that hot outdoors in my life. And I've visited tropical countries.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-01-28 08:25 pm (UTC)
Tasmania was originally named "Van Diemen's" land (because the original explorer named it after his sponsor, Anthony van Diemen. Later however the island was named after the explorer himself.

They should return Tasmania to it's Demon name, and simply call Australia "Hell." If nothing else it would deter all the illegal immigrants breaking in. I'm wondering if any of them are now having second thoughts...
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[User Picture]From: secoh
2009-01-29 02:12 am (UTC)
Part of why white cars are so popular here, and black ones aren't. It can get hot enough to cook eggs on the roof of a black car in some parts of the country.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-01-29 02:29 am (UTC)
Well said! Anyone with a black car in this country must be either insanely wealthy or just insane.
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