19 February, 2012

But It's a Dry Heat

It's 90F here (32.2C) and we don't have the air conditioning on. Back in Minnesota, this would be UNBEARABLY HOT. But here we didn't even notice until we saw the temp on-line. 90F? Really? The lack of humidity really helps. Also, living in an area with a sea breeze sure makes things bearable. I do not think that 90F/32.2C in Perth is the same as 90F/32.2C in Minnesota. Here it is a pleasant Summer day, back in Minnesota it is a sweltering malaria infused heat wave of death.

Or maybe we're acclimating.

When I go back to visit, I wonder if it will now be unbearably cold.

1 comment:

  1. 90˚F or 32˚C can be either horrible or quite pleasant, depending on humidity and whether there is a cool breeze.

    I have found a few days of 30˚C here in Melbourne quite liveable because of the seabreeze, but an ordinary day of 30˚C with no seabreeze is not nice. A humid 30˚C as in the tropics, eastern North America or east Asia, really would be dreadful.

    It’s strange that you do not have to go to Australia to see the difference. In the Mountain West one can find 32˚C or 90˚F days with even lower humidity than in Perth, for instance in eastern Washington or northern Idaho at the same latitude as Minnesota. It’s notable that in Eurasia and North America, it’s a rule of thumb that the further west you go across the continent, the better the climate gets (except for hot low desert like Phoenix or Las Vegas)!

    Dry heat, however, both in Australia and the American West, creates a notorious forest fire hazard which I imagine you are aware of. In 1919, fires closed off the road to Mundaring and got within 20 kilometres of the Perth CBD.