Today was 45 degrees celcius in Adelaide, in other words really bloody hot. It was fine while I was at work because we have air conditioning.
The public transport system was having heatstroke so one trainline was completely closed and the tram was having problems too. Fortunately I caught a bus home. Unfortunately the air conditioning and even a fan to push the hot air around was not working. I looked on the bright side and thought at least I’m headed home.
Unfortunately I got home to no power. It was stifling inside and even more stifling outside so I rang my sister and asked if she had power. When she answered in the affirmative I told her that we were coming around. She also has a swimming pool which we used after sitting in her air conditioned comfort eating fish and chips I bought along the way.
I also took Monty with us because I’d felt sorry she’d been stuck in the heat today. This morning I wet a patch of dirt for her outside under some shade and she made use of that. It’s the first time I haven’t minded filling in a hole that she dug. She’s also got access to the bathroom’s cool tiles.
Of course school has started back amidst this stinking heatwave we’re having. Luckily they have air conditioning in their classrooms these days. In my day we would have been sent home which means we wouldn’t be at school all week.
JJ was a bit nervous about starting school yesterday with a new teacher and some new kids. He was really hesitant to walk into the classroom, but it didn’t take him too long to feel fine and wish me goodbye. There’s a brand new kid to the school who’s even taller than JJ. Up until now my son has always been the tallest in his year, but no more. This kid’s parents dropped him off and I could see where he gets his height from.
JJ’s school is nut free and I found out last night that I’d accidentally dropped my little container of dried fruit and nuts on the classroom floor. JJ is allergic to nuts and as parents were informed via a note tonight, one kid is really allergic and gets anaphylaxis from nuts so it was lucky I didn’t inadvertently cause a crisis with my accidental nut dropping. They were in a container, but nut traces can cause problems.
Tonight it will be 32 degrees celcius and I’ll leave the air conditioner in the lounge on all night, something I rarely do. I’m hoping I won’t wake up at 5am again and not be able to get back to sleep.
If you’re reading this and it’s cold where you are, you should now feel warm.
Hey there. I’m in Adelaide too. It’s relentless, isn’t it? We are sleeping in the lounge room tonight as it’s the only place cooled decently by the air-con.
M & B says
Hope you manage to stay cool all week. If I was you I’d be moving in with your sister and her pool until the weather becomes bearable!
Oh wow – poor you! Up here, we don’t have air-conditioning in the classroom so my daughter’s new class in a demountable is apparently almost unbearable – and we are only having days in the low 30s at the moment.
Maxine Sherrin says
I don’t now how you guys do it. Listening to RN every morning before I get out of bed and hearing the forecasts for the day – I feel for you!
Ali, I managed to have a restless sleep in my room last night. Air conditioner was on all night and I’ve set it to come on an hour or so before I get home this afternoon. I refuse to leave it on all day like some people do. Hope you manage to stay cool today and again for another hot night tonight.
M&B – I think I’ll be round there again tonight.
Jeanie – no air conditioning? Goodness me. Do they get sent home when the temp gets to a certain heat?
Maxine. I’m at work now. Hopefully my power doesn’t go off at home today!
London, England has been positively balmy today – and wet with what my mother would have called “mizzle”. Too much wetness to be mist but not enough to be even drizzly rain!
I know it’s only the end of January but winter seems to be nearly over – and the pundits were saying that it would be worse than ’63 (when we still had snow on the ground in March in the south of the country).
Shall I try sending some of our coolness to you?
And it’s no better in Melbourne
Loz, we can sympathise with each other then.
Oh Jen – I laugh at the concept of being sent home for the heat – we used to gripe as kids in CQ when we heard of Southern kids being sent home for the heat – and the cold – we got sent home for NOTHING!!
Hazel, I just found your comment about our heat in my spam. Obviously I haven’t checked my spam for a while. Yes, we’ll have some coolness and some rain too – although not as much as Queensland’s having.