scorching summer's day
It's a scorcher here in Tassie today. 31 degrees celsius!
Depending on where you are, you may or may not consider that a heatwave, but this is Tasmania! Usually in December we might hit 25 degrees celsius on a warm day, otherwise we seem to hover around 20. Every few days snow will fall somewhere around the state, and we'll all be shivering again as the cold air flows around us.
But no - today is a Tassie heatwave and consequently we've flaked out inside! And why not? The city is blanketed in smoke from a bushfire somewhere (perhaps even Victoria), the air feels oppressive, there's a dry, hot breeze and the sun burns everything to a crisp in five minutes flat (that is only a slight exaggeration - the ozone over Tasmania is stuffed!). Thanks to living in an older home with high ceilings, we are enjoying lounging around in a very pleasant, cool house.
I like to think I prefer warmer weather. I even go so far as bragging to the locals about my heat tolerance, claiming to feel most comfortable at about 32 degrees C.
Well I take it all back! I'm sorry. I've been misleading you all. I much prefer 25.
And what about global warming? This is what troubles me most! I might moan that Tassie is too cold, but this unseasonably warm weather is disturbing.
Is our planet out of control? Could this be a one-off hot year, a blip in the average and next year it will all be OK? (OK a two year blip, seeing as last year was the hottest year on record!) Maybe Al Gore is justified in using the most extreme predictions - they might not be just a great rallying cry, they might be right! Maybe the media is scare mongering and I should just stamp out this gnawing fear that life as we know it could be about to change forever. I should remember that people in the northern hemisphere are experiencing snow and ice, just like normal. The whole world is not burning up just because right now we are!
Most likely I should just go outside and soak up the heat I've been longing for and stop thinking so much! Take each day as it comes and be thankful for what we've been given. Yay for 31 degrees C.