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Feels like: 6°C
Wind: 14km/h WSW
Humidity: 99%
Pressure: 1030.82mbar
UV index: 0
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Welcome to “Twenty Thirteen”

… and the hottest day since 2009:  45°C.  According to “adelaide now“, the local (Murdoch) online news service, this record was hit at 3:40pm this afternoon, coupled with a “catastrophic” bush fire danger and a fire already out of control on the south side of .

I have spent all day working in-house rather than going to my air con’d work place at the University, not least because parts of our extended family popped in earlier this afternoon and will return soon — during the hottest time of the day anyway.  It is so hot outside that I felt my bare feet burning when walking out to the veranda.  In good Australian fashion, our only aircon is situated at one side of our little rented house, right above the gas heater at the same wall of the launch room.  Its one of the old US American Kelvinator (Wikipedia) air conditioners that you find sticking out of many windows and walls in Australian houses — most efficient in serving the power companies through their energy bills:  In our case it simply sits in the double layer brick wall, blasts hot air to the outside (happening all over the city anyway) and kind of cools the room for about 3 to 4 meters.  I “help” a bit with a fan situated right underneath and blowing the “cool” air into the corridor of the rest of the house.

It seems as if our air conditioner is so old that even a google search does not find images any more.  And the company seems to have given up selling them as well …

At least a “cool” change is expected for tonight, and temperatures tomorrow will hover around the low to mid-30s.  A bit of a reprieve …

Update 6:35pm:

  • Heat record broken in Tasmania  since the past 120 years and huge bush fires
  • in South Australia extreme temperatures of more than 48° at for instance Port Augusta …
  • heat wave all over South Australia, via Victoria to Melbourne with high danger of bush fires
  • it is considered to be an extraordinary event in all over the South West and central coastal regions of Australia, and it will continue into the next week.
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