Unlike a frosty morning, I don’t know how to capture a scorching day in a photograph just to prove to you that for three days now, I’ve been struggling in an oven-like environment!
LAST WEDNESDAY it was sunny and arid... the mercury rose up to 49.5’C! The digital thermometers’ display read 999; possibly, it could only register up to the maximum of 50’C, so I have come up with my hypothesis that the temperature at around 2:30pm that day had gone beyond 50’C here in Port Wakefield.
I was profusely sweating (for the first time in my 2-year stay in Australia) despite the high-cool setting of the air-conditioning system inside my caravan. My fridge was not working well; while there was an electrical meltdown in Melbourne and Adelaide!
It was 45.5’C in Adelaide City, 5’C higher than the recorded temperature in 1908; and 1.1’C lower than the recorded hottest temperature of the city last January 12, 1939. The local evening news on telly* featured a photo showing a non-stick frying pan under the sun with a well-done sunny-side up egg on its surface!
Then a frightening thunderstorm with heavy rain had started at 9pm and ended at around 12 midnight leaving a very humid and warm (34’C) condition!
YESTERDAY at around 7am the temperature was already 30’C. The maximum temperature I had monitored so far was 48.8’C at 2:25pm, then I decided to stop keeping track of it because I felt that the temperature was becoming hotter and hotter while I’m aware of the current thermometer reading!
TODAY... This morning I woke up after an overnight low of 32’C. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has forecasted 42’C maximum temperature; very sunny and dry in South Australia today (while a storm is expected in the Northern Territory and Queensland). Too bad that this relentless heatwave has been predicted to continue until Thursday next week!
HOW LONG CAN I COPE UP? [The chickens are very lucky because their house has been installed with a very effective cooling system.] Whew! This is my workplace—it’s freezing during winter and it’s scorching during summer. I don’t know if it is reasonable to leave this workplace only because of its unfriendly climate. I don’t know if quitting from this job could guarantee an absolute relief from this very challenging 'season'. If I could only leave these chickens unattended, I will really escape from this burning furnace!The current climate is, somehow, reminding me to keep closer to My Saviour—this is the only good (yet the greatest) thing I could perceive out of this. After all, it must be the best thing to ‘live’ in a beautiful, comfortable and lovely place, eternally.
*telly - (noun) [Aust slang] television; TV