We’ve all been joking about how absolutely crazy it is that a 36C day feels ‘cool’ and quite manageable. But when you’ve been up in the 40s many days over four weeks, the mid-30s seem absolutely lovely. Believe me, you are glad you did not have to live through that feature photo or the week in the 40s that preceded it.
I was able to ride again on Tuesday which was a relief. After four weeks of being stuck indoors, and sweltering when not at work since I don’t have any A/C or climate control at my place, the cabin fever was starting to make me pretty grouchy! If you have heating or air-conditioning at your house and no dysfunction of your autonomic nervous system, I do not have a whole lot of empathy for any of your “it’s too hot” or it’s too cold” moans and groans at the moment….. See… pretty grouchy!
Since it was only 36C when I knocked off work Tuesday, I did a gentle 14 km ride. I have to be really careful about overheating with these thermo-regulation issues, so I don’t think my average speed was more than 15kph. Still, there were some opportunities for cloud shots in advance of the front that came through Wednesday. See the pics below.
It was still in the mid-30s today (Thurs), but not a single cloud in the sky, so I didn’t take any photos on a short 15 km ride after work. The last day of Jan just didn’t produce – though I am beyond grateful to be able to get out on the bike even for some short rides. The month itself, however, produced a heap of heat records and very, very little rain. Cross fingers Feb is not quite so extreme here or anywhere else our riders are trying to pedal!