The Australian heatwave

January 9th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar reports:

Monday remains the hottest day since records began with an average maximum temperature across Australia of 40.33 degrees, beating the previous record of 40.17 degrees set in 1972, the Bureau of Meteorology’s David Jones told AAP.

And in one place:

The hottest place was Oodnadatta in South Australia 48.2 degree but temperatures well into the 40s were also recorded in South Australia, Western Australia, NSW and Queensland.

And at Bondi Beach, it was still 35 degrees at midnight, leading many to a midnight swim.

I like temperatures in the high 20s. I find that great. Low 30s can be okay but high 30s and even 40s is just plain nasty unless you are in water!


May 12th, 2008 at 7:58 am by David Farrar

Well I turned my heater on for the first time in two years today. I guess that makes it officially cold. Mind you I am not sure it is ever that warm at 5 am!


May 5th, 2008 at 7:30 am by David Farrar

I have to admit I don’t get cold a lot. Ever since I lived in Dunedin, my internal thermostat is set to defrost and I will happily be at home in shorts and t-shirts even if it is only 10 degrees.

The only time I think I was truly truly freezing was when I was in Canada in winter for six weeks and it was minus thirty degrees. My God, that was miserable. You could not go even 50 metres down the road without full ski gear on.

Anyway I complained on Saturday about the travelling companion turning the thermostat in the room up to 32 degrees.  That was bad enough, but driving back to Auckland on Saturday (which was a lovely warm day) I suddenly noticed the air conditioning in the car had somehow moved from a nice pleasant 18 degrees to 30 degrees. My God, who actually wants 30 degree hot air blowing on you, on a sunny day!

I note in the SST that the WHO “recommends temperatures of at least 21C in living areas and 18C in other rooms”. That’s a long way off 30 degrees!

What temperatures do others find comfortable when indoors?