Heat at midnight

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.

Moon

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!
Moon2

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?

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13 Responses to Heat at midnight

  1. Colline says:

    Your moon shots are stunning!
    I recall spending nights like this. Where I currently live is a place of extremes – temperatures can reach below 40c in winter and reach up to 40 in summer.

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  2. cocoaupnorth says:

    Your shots are excellent, you captured them well. Yes, I’ve heard that you are under heat wave and that tournament tennis players had to put on ice vests. Do take care and stay out of the sun:-)

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  3. pommepal says:

    Those are very good shots of the moon. We are lucky to get the sea breezes here on the coast, keeping the temperature down a bit, but it is still hot enough for me. Makes for sleepless, restless nights.

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  4. restlessjo says:

    Beautiful and ethereal, those photos. I’ve been watching the Open since I got home. How you play tennis in 43C is beyond me! Keep your fingers crossed for Rafa with me tomorrow morning (sorry, tonight over there 🙂 )

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  5. Helen says:

    I’m glad that it is slightly cooler now in Adelaide. Two nights ago, when is was still in the 30s the moon formed some stunning patterns with the clouds. Last night was thunder and lightening and a bit of rain! Nice pictures.

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  6. Ian Fraser says:

    Stunning moon shots Madoqua; I’m a big fan of them, and would be delighted if any of mine looked that dramatic. We can fully empathise with you in this weather, including the atypically hot nights. As I write, it’s annoyingly raining heavily just a few kms to the south, but moving away. Sigh…

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  7. KnitNell says:

    Hi I love the photographs. I have only experienced that sort of heat at night-time in the Tropics and am very pleased that we don’t experience it ihere n the UK. However we have had slightly freaky weather since before Xmas – as I type it is not raining – a blessed relief as I think some living in the area are concerned that they may, along with their homes, just be washed away soon.

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    • Madoqua says:

      Nell, I have heard about the rain in your neck of the woods. Pity we can’t trade weather for a day or so, we could certainly use some wet days! But you probably don’t want it so hot!
      Actually, it has now cooled down a bit and we are back to our normal summer temperatures.

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