So, we made it. Perhaps Armageddon, a term often used in a generic sense to refer to any end of the world scenario might be pushing things a little, still this weekends weather events were a little obscure to say the least.
Apparently this weekend, the Western Australian Bush was the hottest place on earth. Temperatures in Perth peaked at more than 43C on Saturday, and dipped to a still-steamy low of 29.7C just after 3am this morning.
That beat the previous record of 29.3C in 1962. The mercury rose again to 39.7C in the city just after 9am. 39.7C by 9am people!!!
With all that said, 43C was relatively chilly compared to the hottest spot over the weekend. The hottest temperature measured in Western Australia – and, indeed, on the whole of the planet on Saturday was in the Mid-West town of Morawa, 370km north of Perth. The town’s 500-plus residents had to contend with a searing 46.9C at 3.45pm… Ouch!
All this talk of hot weather is cool enough (or not as the case may be) but there’s also a slightly sadder, more serious side to living with this sort of heat.
This tweet I posted on Saturday should give you an idea of what I’m talking about.
One of the bad things about super hot weather is we get fires. This one is a little close for comfort. pic.twitter.com/OjNDq2IRxd
— Getting Down Under (@GDU) January 11, 2014
Since then the following headline greeted me when catching up on the news this morning:
Four people missing, at least 49 homes destroyed in Perth Hills blaze
You see, choosing where you want to live in Australia brings with it an added complication.. Bushfire risk.
For those 49 unlucky home owners who choose to live in the Perth hills (a beautiful part of Perth by the way with great views of the city approx 30 mins drive from the Perth CBD) they made the wrong choice.
Here’s hoping that the missing folks are safe and the biggest take away we have from this weekend is unlucky suburb choices and how bloody hot it was!