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(Courier Mail)   You know it's a scorcher in Australia when it's just too damn hot for people to go to the bar for a beer   (couriermail.com.au) divider line 23
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2013-01-05 07:24:41 AM  
You expose beer to the scorching heat of Australia in mid-summer and boom, that's how you get Vegemite.
 
2013-01-05 09:45:44 AM  
They should dress for the weather in their traditional lederhosen.
 
2013-01-05 09:51:24 AM  
The sad tag is appropriate. I need a beer now.
 
2013-01-05 09:55:33 AM  
No, that's not true, that's impossible

NooooOoooooooOooooooo

Insert Luke from Sky City scene and Anakin from Episode III after learning of Padme's death
 
2013-01-05 09:56:31 AM  
oops, Cloud City, not Sky City
 
2013-01-05 10:29:27 AM  
I read this as "Atlanta".

/too damn early for me
 
2013-01-05 10:42:49 AM  

thisispete: You expose beer to the scorching heat of Australia in mid-summer and boom, that's how you get Vegemite.


I all makes sense now!
 
2013-01-05 10:43:26 AM  

Reverend J: thisispete: You expose beer to the scorching heat of Australia in mid-summer and boom, that's how you get Vegemite.

I all makes sense now!


I = it = me needing more caffeine
 
2013-01-05 10:50:57 AM  
47.3C is too hot to step out to do anything. How do people live like that?

/is currently -3C in my locale, which is perfectly acceptable, as I have heat and proper clothing, and I fully intend to head out for a beer at some point today.
//comes from a long line of people who live in cooler climates
 
2013-01-05 10:55:12 AM  
Isn't this normal? I thought between Holden wrecks and boiling diesels the western desert lives and breathes in 45 degrees?
 
2013-01-05 11:13:59 AM  
Do their bars still close at 6pm? Why the fark bother?
 
2013-01-05 11:35:23 AM  
Global Warming has raised the tempo here to -0.04.
 
2013-01-05 11:42:06 AM  

Clemkadidlefark: Global Warming has raised the tempo here to -0.04.


So no more slow dancing?
 
2013-01-05 12:49:21 PM  
A friend of mines fiancée is coming to Australia to visit her in a few weeks, he's from Sweeden and has never really felt an Australian Summer before. That poor bastard is going to want to die on the first day, after that he'll get used to it, but this year it has been a real scorcher.
 
2013-01-05 12:54:02 PM  
Yesterday? Yesterday you said you'd call Sears.
 
2013-01-05 01:01:23 PM  
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Everything in Oz will kill you and everything you've ever loved. We should nuke it from orbit. Just to be sure.
 
2013-01-05 01:39:18 PM  
 
2013-01-05 02:43:52 PM  
When you wish to Christ you'd not been born
(Down in south Australia)
 
2013-01-05 04:50:54 PM  
For all you who aren't down with the metric system, that's a smidge over 117 deg F.

To (para)quote Dylan Moran "I don't know why anyone would want to go there, located as it is three-quarters of a mile from the surface of the sun... You don't have to cook anything, just throw it outside, it bursts in to flames."
 
2013-01-05 05:27:44 PM  
Grew up in Lake Havasu City. 120 was not unusual in the summers. Younger brother came to visit me in Phoenix during the 'heat wave' of '96, took him tubing on the Salt River when it was 122 F(about 50 degrees C). Asks he, totally innocent/without snark, "Why is everyone talking about the heat? It feels just like back home to me." Oz's 47.6 C(117 F) is NOT too hot for beer. When it's that hot, you can toss down a 12 pack in a couple hours and you sweat it out so fast, it's hard to get buzzed. High temps just mean you should drink more, but you spend almost as much on bags of ice as you do on beer. I thought Aussies were supposed to be tough? Disillusioned again.

/was happy when Fat Tire came out in cans, bottles not allowed on the river and am not about to poison myself with Bud Light, no matter how damn hot it gets. *shudder*
 
2013-01-05 05:56:01 PM  

mutterfark: Isn't this normal? I thought between Holden wrecks and boiling diesels the western desert lives and breathes in 45 degrees?


45 degrees would be normal in the Western Desert but it's less usual along the southern coastline. The comments page of our local news website was full of suburbanites such as myself commenting it was a bit hot while rural folk from the outback called us all a pack of whingers because it had cracked 50 in their area.
 
2013-01-05 06:06:24 PM  

pedalphile: Grew up in Lake Havasu City. 120 was not unusual in the summers. Younger brother came to visit me in Phoenix during the 'heat wave' of '96, took him tubing on the Salt River when it was 122 F(about 50 degrees C). Asks he, totally innocent/without snark, "Why is everyone talking about the heat? It feels just like back home to me." Oz's 47.6 C(117 F) is NOT too hot for beer. When it's that hot, you can toss down a 12 pack in a couple hours and you sweat it out so fast, it's hard to get buzzed. High temps just mean you should drink more, but you spend almost as much on bags of ice as you do on beer. I thought Aussies were supposed to be tough? Disillusioned again.

/was happy when Fat Tire came out in cans, bottles not allowed on the river and am not about to poison myself with Bud Light, no matter how damn hot it gets. *shudder*


Nice story, but the sun is a bit stronger in Aussie than in Arizona. Even if it's cooler by temperature in Aussie, the strength of the sun will roast you.

I just checked a weather map, and the UV index in Arizona in summer (June-October, just to be safe) NEVER goes above 11, and in most of the state, including Lake Havasu City, it never goes above 10 (very high). Whereas in Queensland from October to March the UV index never goes BELOW 11 (extreme), and is mostly 12 or 13. That strength of sun makes it feels like it's being focussed on your skin by a magnifying glass regardless of the temperature.

I've just checked a map, and the clear sky UV index for the whole of Australia today is 13-16, which is "it is dangerous to be exposed to sunlight" territory. I know people find this hard to believe if they've never been to a country with strong sunlight, it comes off as a bit dystopian sci-fi to be afraid of the sunlight, but there you have it.

Below are UV maps of the Northern and Southern solstices. Can you spot the difference?

www.temis.nl

www.temis.nl
 
2013-01-05 08:20:30 PM  
47.3C? Mother of god. You guys need to take your vacations up north, way north. The hottest I've ever experienced in my life was 43 in Cancun Mexico 10 years ago. I filled up my eye sockets with sweat while laying on the beach. That wasn't fun.once I opened my eyes.
 
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