So, it’s hot. Wah wah wah.
I fucking love this weather.
Bear in mind that I grew up in Western Sydney. And I’m talking west of west. Out near the Hawkesbury River. Out where they filmed A Country Practice. In fact, A Wandin Valley sign was sometimes seen covering our suburb sign. (ignore the stupid Wiki entry about Cessnock.)
I grew up with snakes, spiders, wasps, chickens and donkeys on our 5 acre property.
We regularly had 30+ degree days in summer, often hitting 40 when we would be forced inside at school. In fact, it was the norm, and we had no air conditioning in the Dad-made log cabin house or the Datsun 180B.
My summer memories were of days in the above-ground pool, frollicking under the sprinkler at my grandparents, sucking down ice-blocks, or lounging in front of the cricket with frozen oranges.
However, I have lived through 20 long, cold, frigid winters in Canberra and I hate them. They usually last from Anzac Day (April) till Labour Day (October) and I’ve dealt with seeing my breath when I’m in bed, scraping thick layers of ice off my windscreen with frozen fingers and not being able to open the door for any more than 5 seconds or you’ll lose all the warm air.
So now we’ve had a nice hot summer. Something that we should expect in this hot dry land of ours. It feels like we haven’t had a decent summer in years and I am loving it.
44 degrees here, 45 degrees there. I am almost jealous when that shit isn’t in Canberra, but we’ve had some good 37 and 38 degree days to be proud of.
This weekend the reports say that Australia will be the hottest place on the planet as Western NSW is expected to hit 47 degrees.
It’s about time we had a hot summer. If I show you some comparisons of last years Canberra summer to this years Canberra summer, you’ll see what I mean.
Total days of 35 degrees or over:
07/08 – 4 days
08/09 – 8 days (as of Feb 6th)
Total days of 30 degrees or over:
07/08 – 18 days
08/09 – 24 days (as of Feb 6th with the last 11 days over 30)
Total days of 25 degrees or under:
07/08 – 39 days
08/09 – 18 days (as of Feb 6th)
Bloody Canberra. See? It doesn’t even know how to do Summer properly…
THIS year is how summer is supposed to be people.
Bring on the sweat. Bring on the heat. Bring on the sun!