Huge storm last night. This was after a day where it hit 40 Celsius here in western Sydney. A day where I went to the city to meet my Economist son for lunch and in my "wisdom" decided to ride the Monorail from Darling Harbour parking over to city centre (Pitt Street).
There was a notice at the "station" warning that due to extreme heat the a/c in the little cars would not be efficient. Well, I got a $9.50 all day ride (cheaper than a return) and got on it anyway. Holy Moly – it must have been over 50 degrees Celsius in the little tube!!!. "I can do this; I can do this" - I repeated to myself – surely it won't take that long…….
There are more stations now than I remember and it seemed to take a very, very long time though it's probably only 15 minutes – but 15 minutes in that kind of heat and stuffiness is no fun. I considered getting out two short of where I wanted to go but that defeated the entire purpose of taking the monorail in the first place as the walk would've been longer but surely it could not have been hotter.
I had images of a news story "woman collapses in heat of monorail" or worse – the monorail breaking down and everyone expiring before we could be rescued.
Last night there was a tremendous storm with lightning so intense I saw us all being fried in our little tin huts.
A one stage there was a large crash as a branch fell and first thing this morning I checked that now not-so-new rental car to make sure it didn't have a bough across its bonnet.
So today it is raining and there is a bus strike so it should be fun on the roads – but at least it is cooler.
This is Rose Bay, Sydney – I have a friend who lives in this idyllic location: