As I am writing this, I am watching tv and switching between the Degree Poker Championship in Ontario, Canada (a replay, I think) on ESPN and the Austrlian Open Tennis
matches on local channel. An electric fan is wheezing a couple metres away. Our house is not fitted with an airconditioning system. (Hi there, Santa).
It has been a scorching 39C max today with the northerly winds just as hot. With very low humidity, meaning the air moisture content is less, one can feel the penetrating heat when in direct sunlight.
Temperature rose from 24C at 10am to 36C just after midday. Tennis tournament officials were forced to cancel open court matches.
At about 4 pm, I was surfing and whiling the time away at work when power was suddenly cut-off. I learned a few moments later that massive power outage hit Victoria. Parts of Melbourne, Geelong and eastern Victoria lost power. I left early hoping to get home quicker but as expected the trains were delayed owing to the reduction of power being used and traffic lights on most suburbs do not work. Policemen were stationed on most intersections to direct traffic. The 80kph Nepean Highway which is my route to and from work was crawling at 20kph .
Luckily for us, our burb is spared from the outage.
Bush fires had caused this unfortunate event. Read here
the full news report.
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