All posts tagged: weather

Looking for cooler pastures

A Brisbane friend told me her thermometer topped 41°C a week ago – and that was in the shade. Inside, it was a sweaty 36°C which, accompanied by humidity, makes things pretty well uncomfortable. She was moving at the time which made the heated experience even more difficult to cope with. In short, it was sheer hell. But there again, this is a Brisbane summer. And the worst is yet to come. A recent newspaper report in the Courier Mail has done nothing to allay my fears. In fact, I am in a mild state of panic at the heated state of the globe. Experts, the story told, predicted “an increase of up to 4°C is possible by 2070 leading to annual temperatures well beyond anything over the past 50 years”. Australia, it said, has just recorded its hottest six months ever and is on track to have the second hottest year since records began. Maximum temperatures were 6 to 9°C above normal. My children’s tennis coach and Brisbane old-timer tells me it wasn’t always so. In the good …