Heatwave in Australia: Part One

I’ve called this ‘Part One’, because I know with an unerring certainty that there will be a part two at some point in the future. For now though, let me tell you about the weekend we have just had here in Australia.


Yes, it was hot, very hot.

Don’t take my word for it, let’s take a look at some temperatures around the country thanks to Aussie Gossip’s 54 second video…

As you probably know, I live in Brisbane and as it said in that video, temperatures were expected to reach 39°C on Sunday. The official high was recorded at 37.6°, but where I was, 20 kilometres south-west of Brisbane, my two most reliable thermometers suggested it was actually 41°C.

For those who like their temperatures in Fahrenheit, we are talking 100° or so.

Here’s what New Scientist had to say about it in just 52 seconds…

The hot weather brings with it bushfires and as you saw in the first video there were some around Perth. New South Wales have been hit the worst though, I read somewhere that 87 bushfires were burning in that state alone at the time.

With it being so hot though, I was reminded of a fascinating video by popular Australian chef and TV personality, Matt Moran. This is a MUST SEE video, it’s about the incredible Unconventional Oven…

Yes, a very important message, I do hope you watched it.

Thankfully, temperatures around the country have cooled over the last couple of days. The forecast for tomorrow suggest that all of our capital cities will be much more comfortable. Perth is forecast to be the hottest at around 30° and Sydney the coolest at around 23°.

As sure as eggs are eggs though, whether you fry them on a hob or on the bonnet of your car, the heat will return. And so will I, after my house move which is on Monday. I’m hoping for a cool and cloudy day, but I’m really not expecting one.

Keep drinking the water.

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  • VMDK March 3, 2017, 7:10 am |

    Hey Bob,

    Wow, people always talk about moving to Australia. But, you tell it like it is! That’s too hot for me. I would rather deal with snow than the blistering hot. Thanks for sharing with us what it’s really like.

    • BobinOz March 3, 2017, 7:53 pm |

      My pleasure, the hot weather certainly isn’t for everyone. Turns out that this year, in Brisbane, we’ve had our hottest summer on record.

      I quite like the heat, so I’m staying here, but as I say, it’s not for everyone. Of course, we have Tasmania and Melbourne for those who don’t like the heat 🙂

  • Bronnie February 16, 2017, 7:55 pm |

    Good on you, Bob, for bringing the unconventional oven video to our attention. I find it staggering that parents take a risk and leave their children in a car when even on a cloudy day children (and animals) can suffer fatal heatstroke within minutes. And this is purely for the small inconvenience of having to unstrap kids and take them with you. It’s not worth it. I’ve read sad stories about it. Having the windows open is also not a guarantee that they won’t suffer harm. Are your children safe left in a car with windows open? You might return to find them gone, never to be seen again. Kudos to Matt Moran who took the opportunity to spread awareness about this important issue instead of publicising himself.

    • BobinOz February 16, 2017, 8:57 pm |

      Thanks Bronnie, yes, this really is something that gets my goat and it sounds like it gets yours too. I’ve written about this a few times before, I found a couple of those articles and have added them at the foot of the above post.

      It’s something I mention quite a bit, especially when it’s hot, because it’s so important. Even on the day I was talking about in the above article, Sunday, when it was nearly 40° here, police had to rescue a four-year-old child from a car in Brisbane.


      Is not just children either, dogs are often left in danger, not just in cars but tied up outside without water. Some people just don’t think.

      Matt Moran certainly did make an excellent video, he made his point very well.

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