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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   ( divider line
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2013-01-05 06:06:24 PM  
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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?

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