I have been reading posts from northern climes which tell tales of deep winter. Photos of glistening icicles and deep snowdrifts, which are beautiful and yet so foreign to us as we enjoy our summer.
However, mother nature has bestowed a number of days of rather high temperatures in the past week. It is not unusual for climates like ours to get the odd day over 40ºC (104ºF) during summer, but to get 4 or 5 successional days of 44 or so – that is getting seriously HOT!
Yesterday was quite remarkable for two reasons. One is that I went out to the movie theatre – an event which tends to happen only once or twice a year! The movie I went to see was the Hobbit- the desolation of Smaug. It was simply amazing, as all those movies are.
The 3D effects left me feeling very alert after having (virtually) negotiated the innards of deep and treacherous mountains with a group of dwarves and their brave little hobbit – running and hiding from that magnificent, fire breathing dragon. Navigating tunnels and bridges in the darkness with the constant threat of danger in the air – it was almost a relief to emerge from the theatre once the finale had been reached.
As I walked back to my car, it was almost dark, but (and this is the other remarkable thing about the day), it was still surprisingly and incredibly hot. Thirty seven degrees (C) (~100ºF) at 9:30pm is not something we often experience (thank goodness!). The weather bureau had predicted a few storms, and the nighttime clouds were making somewhat pathetic attempts to gather and put some truth into this prophesy. Meanwhile, the moon was erratically lighting up the darkness, creating stunning silver edges on the clouds as it ducked effortlessly between the building thunderheads.
The night complemented my mood perfectly – hot, eerie and fascinating. I could not resist trying to capture some photos of the moon, despite the fact that my camera struggles with night shots. You may enjoy them too!
Incidentally, by midnight, it had only dropped to 33.5ºC (~92ºF).
It did not take too much sunshine to climb back to the predicted high of 44ºC again today, but thankfully, a cool change is on the way 🙂
Have you ever experienced a hot, dark night like this?