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Extreme heat warning

By johnboy 10 January 2014 30

The Health High Command are warning that it’s going to be bonkers hot next week and that might kill you:

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly and ACT Ambulance Service Chief Officer Mr David Foot today alerted Canberrans to the Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast of extreme heat conditions occurring in the Territory from next week.

“It is very important for people to be aware of the cumulative health impacts that heatwaves can have on individuals, their families and their neighbours and to plan for measures that can mitigate the adverse health impacts of extreme heat,” Dr Kelly said.

“The elderly, young children and babies are most at risk during extreme heat events.

“People with illness and chronic conditions may also need extra monitoring and care in these conditions.

“It’s important to prepare for hot conditions by staying well hydrated and keeping out of the heat in the hottest parts of the day. If you can’t avoid going outdoors, do it for limited periods and wear a loose fitting long-sleeved shirt, a hat and apply plenty of sunscreen. Check regularly on vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours,” Dr Kelly concluded.

For more information about preventing heat-related illness, visit: http://health.act.gov.au/health-services/population-health/summer-safety/your-guide-to-summer-safety.

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maxblues 10:45 am 15 Jan 14

housebound said :

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Masquara said :

39 degrees is hardly “extreme heat”! Canberra has always had the occasional few days over 100 degrees farenheit in summer.

This man has a different opinion:

In 2009 there were 3 days of consecutive 40 degree temperatures. This is pretty significant given there have only been 11 days above 40 in Canberra’s history. Seven of those has occurred in the last 5 years. The 1979 heat wave was significant because it had five consecutive days in excess of 37 degrees. Hottest day on record is 42.2 and was recorded back in 1968.

(Feel free to squirm and backpedal that you only said 100oF and that’s only 37oC and you didn’t mean to imply that it wasn’t really, seriously, unseasonably f*cking hot)

Canberra usually has a week that gets a bit hot. You know you’ve really lived (or not) when you’ve worked outside through a couple of weeks of over 40. At least it usually cools down overnight here.

I don’t mind the heat. A certain 44 degree New Year’s Day comes to mind as being a bit much. Anything below 18 Celsius or so is freezing. And no, I don’t like Canberra’s climate at all.

Suck it up, Canberra…45C in Adelaide today and over 40C pretty much all week (but I guess they do have beaches). I did see some brave/desperate souls swimming in Lake Ginninderra yesterday…then again I was desperate enough to swim in the Murray, when the water was almost green.

Deref 10:27 am 15 Jan 14

Skidbladnir said :

Deref said :

I assume this is what they do in Pommieland during hot weather, but could someone explain how it works or, at least, what the rationale is?

The hot house problem is self inflicted in the UK, where the Summer occasional peak is about 25C (30 in London) so people tend to think “Summer is rainy and pleasantly warm, open a window and embrace this cooling breeze” instead of “Summer is when the roads melt and everything that isn’t asbestos catches on fire, maybe a wind that evaporates the moisture off my eyes is a bad thing to let into the house”.

IE: if the (ordinarily well insulated) house is hot, you’ve got the heating up too high so you need to open a window to “let some cool in” and it all balances out.

English bloody mindedness at its finest.

🙂 Thanks. I understand.

housebound 9:32 am 15 Jan 14

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Masquara said :

39 degrees is hardly “extreme heat”! Canberra has always had the occasional few days over 100 degrees farenheit in summer.

This man has a different opinion:

In 2009 there were 3 days of consecutive 40 degree temperatures. This is pretty significant given there have only been 11 days above 40 in Canberra’s history. Seven of those has occurred in the last 5 years. The 1979 heat wave was significant because it had five consecutive days in excess of 37 degrees. Hottest day on record is 42.2 and was recorded back in 1968.

(Feel free to squirm and backpedal that you only said 100oF and that’s only 37oC and you didn’t mean to imply that it wasn’t really, seriously, unseasonably f*cking hot)

Canberra usually has a week that gets a bit hot. You know you’ve really lived (or not) when you’ve worked outside through a couple of weeks of over 40. At least it usually cools down overnight here.

I don’t mind the heat. A certain 44 degree New Year’s Day comes to mind as being a bit much. Anything below 18 Celsius or so is freezing. And no, I don’t like Canberra’s climate at all.

Woody Mann-Caruso 8:25 am 15 Jan 14

Masquara said :

39 degrees is hardly “extreme heat”! Canberra has always had the occasional few days over 100 degrees farenheit in summer.

This man has a different opinion:

In 2009 there were 3 days of consecutive 40 degree temperatures. This is pretty significant given there have only been 11 days above 40 in Canberra’s history. Seven of those has occurred in the last 5 years. The 1979 heat wave was significant because it had five consecutive days in excess of 37 degrees. Hottest day on record is 42.2 and was recorded back in 1968.

(Feel free to squirm and backpedal that you only said 100oF and that’s only 37oC and you didn’t mean to imply that it wasn’t really, seriously, unseasonably f*cking hot)

Thumper 6:55 pm 13 Jan 14

Skidbladnir said :

Deref said :

I assume this is what they do in Pommieland during hot weather, but could someone explain how it works or, at least, what the rationale is?

The hot house problem is self inflicted in the UK, where the Summer occasional peak is about 25C (30 in London) so people tend to think “Summer is rainy and pleasantly warm, open a window and embrace this cooling breeze” instead of “Summer is when the roads melt and everything that isn’t asbestos catches on fire, maybe a wind that evaporates the moisture off my eyes is a bad thing to let into the house”.

IE: if the (ordinarily well insulated) house is hot, you’ve got the heating up too high so you need to open a window to “let some cool in” and it all balances out.

English bloody mindedness at its finest.

Put simply, England is really not that hot. Although London is unpleasant in anything over 25-26 degrees C, it’s still not hot.

Australia is.

Skidbladnir 4:37 pm 13 Jan 14

Deref said :

I assume this is what they do in Pommieland during hot weather, but could someone explain how it works or, at least, what the rationale is?

The hot house problem is self inflicted in the UK, where the Summer occasional peak is about 25C (30 in London) so people tend to think “Summer is rainy and pleasantly warm, open a window and embrace this cooling breeze” instead of “Summer is when the roads melt and everything that isn’t asbestos catches on fire, maybe a wind that evaporates the moisture off my eyes is a bad thing to let into the house”.

IE: if the (ordinarily well insulated) house is hot, you’ve got the heating up too high so you need to open a window to “let some cool in” and it all balances out.

English bloody mindedness at its finest.

Deref 3:54 pm 13 Jan 14

Jivrashia said :

JessP said :

had to explain that the reverse was necessary for hot hot weather….

I’m still trying to convince my (1st gen. migrant) parents that

THEY’RE DOING IT WRONG.

I assume this is what they do in Pommieland during hot weather, but could someone explain how it works or, at least, what the rationale is?

    johnboy 3:59 pm 13 Jan 14

    Generally when a pom’s house is too hot it’s been caused by their heating efforts.

    Opening the windows is a safety valve of sorts.

    Just block headed refusal to think here.

Jivrashia 1:28 pm 13 Jan 14

JessP said :

had to explain that the reverse was necessary for hot hot weather….

I’m still trying to convince my (1st gen. migrant) parents that

THEY’RE DOING IT WRONG.

Thumper 12:08 pm 13 Jan 14

Growling Ferret said :

I used to laugh at the warning, but after helping an old bloke and his wife who broke down yesterday, I realised oldies don’t deal with the heat well at all.

They were sitting in the car waiting for help in full sun, in 35 degrees, in ‘old person polyester’ everything. The old lass was extremely relieved when I offered her a cold bottle of water.

A good deed indeed!

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