Right now the thermometer on the back verandah has gone off the scale, last reading was over 66C! ‘A bit warm’ as my old dad would have said! We have seen all sorts of anomalies, like the hottest place in the country becoming the coolest for a time, everything is turned on it’s head. My geese are remarkably cheerful and adapt well to anything the weather likes to throw at them. They have a couple of paddling pools to play in and enjoy. One spend the day in a baby bath yesterday, not sharing, not moving, just enjoying. I thought perhaps I should buy them one each, but they might fight over colours, so they’d all have to be blue, the favourite colour of this flock! For myself I’d rather be here by the blue sea with a cooling sea breeze!
Christine Hobbs writes – With the maximum temperature forecast to reach above 46° today, Adelaide could break an all time record. On 12th of January 1939 the Advertiser reported that Adelaide recorded its highest ever maximum temperature ever when the mercury reached 117.7° Fahrenheit or 47.6° Celsius, surpassing the old record of 116.3°F in 1858. For 14 days, from New Year’s Eve until 13th of January, the city sweltered, with nine days over the century. Fires raged through the Adelaide hills on 10th of January with most damage done at Heathfield and through Crafers, Aldgate and the National Park at Belair. Twenty houses were destroyed and many hundreds of sheep and cattle killed. The hottest spot in the State was Kyancutta where a top temperature of 120.7°F or 49.2°C was recorded. This heatwave was worse than the period of 11 days of record temperatures experienced in February 1930. Then the temperature was over the century on seven days with the average being 100.5°F. It was the second longest spell of over 90°F heat for 73 years. Prior to this the hottest day for February was 113.6°F in 1899. I can also remember a few ripper heatwaves around the late 50s with temperatures up around 115°. Consider though that in those times there was no such thing as an air conditioner, no electric fans, no refrigerators, very few people had cars, most women would have still been expected to wear the more conservative and conventional clothing, including corsets, while men would still be wearing mainly suits and ties, even to the beach! They were bred tougher in those days for sure!!
I remember those days in the 1950’s too and having to sit Public exams with hundreds of others in a huge hall, built and usually used for the Royal Show in September. There were electric fans, but we were all in school uniform, pleated tunics, shirts and ties! What I didn’t know in those days was that my GGGrandfather, who’s name I directly inherited because he was my biological relative, was once the Secretary of the Horticultural Society which set up the original Shows of horticultural and agricultural displays, ploughing competitions and such. He ran it and was responsible for it’s success and popularity. I took those dreaded exams on home territory, a place that would have been as familiar to him as his home. They originally took place opposite his home in the Parklands, an open space, treeded and grassed for public use, before they were transferred to a purpose built permanent home. Perhaps I would have felt more comfortable and confident if I’d known then what I know now!