Victoria is coming towards the end of a weeklong heat wave. Temperatures have been at least 40 degrees Celsius since Tuesday and in some areas since Monday. Yesterday, Melbourne’s maximum was 43.9C. In the North of the state it was even hotter. Today’s forecast is for 44C before a cool change at around 8pm tonight. Melbourne hasn’t had four days in a row over 40C since 1908. A Bureau of Meteorology forecaster has said that temperatures will drop from about 40C to 25C in an hour. WE. CAN’T. WAIT!
Yesterday, Adelaide was the hottest city in the WORLD. Their forecast was for 46C, close to their highest ever recorded temperature of 46.1C in 1939.
The heatwave has caused quite a few problems. Some people have lost power because there is such a high demand for it. Did you know that the trains have to travel slower so that they aren’t derailed? There are also bushfires around the state. Players at The Australian Open are also affected. Pets and wildlife are looking forward to the cool change too. Paramedics have been busy looking after people who have stayed out in the sun for too long.
Here are some tips for looking after yourself when it is hot:
* Stay inside if you can
* If you have to go outside, wear sunscreen, stay in the shade and wear a hat
* Drink lots of water
* Avoid exercise
* Keep curtains and blinds drawn
* Look after your pets. Let them inside (as long as they are not a pony!) and give them plenty of fresh, cool water. Make sure outside animals have plenty of shade and that their water is in the shade.
It is amazing to think that whilst we are in shorts and T-shirts sweating away other people in the world are shivering in very cold temperatures. In parts of America and Canada schools were closed because of a severe cold snap. Some forecasts said that it felt like -51C due to the wind chill factor. Brrr!
What is your weather like today?
How are you ‘beating the heat’ in the heat wave or staying warm in the cold snap?
Would you rather a heat wave or cold snap? Why?