How we Survived a Melbourne Heat Wave!

 

We say “it is too hot” or “it’s too cold” as a matter of habit but when a Melbourne heat wave hit us with 45º for four days we definitely had the right to complain that it was TOO HOT!

 

We say “it is too hot” or “it’s too cold” as a matter of habit but when a Melbourne heat wave hit us with 45º for four days we definitely had the right to complain that it was TOO HOT! For a week previous  this heat wave had been gossiped about and feared but when it hits we are expected to function as normal! Well lets firstly define normal. The air conditioning in your vehicle cannot combat the soaring temperatures, fridges are requiring too much power so are starting to go out of use, power lines are disabling and black outs are more and more common. From flaring news reports we are also very aware that this warm air is causing harmless dry grass to spark up into embers, into fire and a national catastrophe.

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Don’t let us put you off, Melbourne is one of the places to see in Australia, even in the middle of a heat wave.

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Since daylight saving ensures that Melbourne is blessed with sunshine from 6am to 9.30 pm… 9.30, the summit of heat appears at 3 in the afternoon. Prue and I are, at this crucial time of day are just about to finish work, watering the trees in one of Melbourne’s many parks. Wide hats and thick sunscreen help our exterior fight off the blazing sun but our insides are almost overcome with this astronomical 45 degree heat. The wind blows and it scorches our skin while our eyes feel stiffer by the hour. The local parks wildlife is also suffering around us. A small possum allows us to approach and when we direct its head into a punnet of water it drinks hungrily. Birds are crawling out on the long branches in the trees, their beaks are wide open as they gasp in the hot air, as if panting.

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It is recommended to avoid the peak of the heat, no ‘mad dogs and Englishmen’ in the midday sun here. Just mad Aussies dragging their rational and unwilling canines behind them as they attempt to perform their daily jog. I am not kidding, while we pant for air just to hold a hose for a thirsty tree, these muppets are lobbing a ball across the oval. All of this on a day when the paramedics report over double the usual call outs for cardiac arrest and several communities head to the beach at nightfall just to be able to cool down.

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On the way home we stop off to buy strawberries, then enter the pool as soon as we’ve entered the door. The mind-blowingly sunny evening is spent making strawberry daiquiris, wallowing in the tepid pool under the shady ornamental grapes, Ecstasy. A Melbourne Heat Wave was nothing to be messed with.

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Melbourne Heat Wave, Places to See in Australia

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Rebecca Mayoll is a ‘just turned 30’ freelance writer and photographer from England. She is the co-founder and author of straightondetour.com, a travel website with the mantra ‘find your own adventure.’ Promoting adventurous destinations, independent travel and giving a humorous insight to the World of travel is what Becky does best.

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