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#1 lovedupmumma

Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:36 PM

Just listening to the radio about the heat and fire danger coming to NSW tomorrow, and they were talking preparations for the day.

How will you be preparing tonight?

We are sweeping leaves off the roof, watering the garden, and preparing somewhere for DS3 (1 week old) to sleep in the air conditioned part of the house. DS1 and DS2 at sleep over with MIL and with her tomorrow (already planned). Will remind them tonight to keep drinking and to lay low.

#2 Coffeegirl

Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:51 PM

DS and DD wil be going to work with me and they'll be heading to the movies as well.  Anything air conditioned.  

Luckliy we're in suburbia so no chance of fire danger, but friends of our who are in a fire zone, have cleared their gutters, yard and the surrounds.  They also have their rain tanks full.

#3 jobo77

Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:58 PM

No real fire danger here - DD and DS at daycare (that will be fun for the carers having them all inside all day long!) and both DH and myself at work. My office is usually an icebox so I am guessing I will probably be in a cardigan all day anyway despite the heat  rolleyes.gif
Our dog will be inside but I am slightly worried about our cat. 16 years old and refuses to come inside anymore so I will make sure her waterbowl is topped up and hope she can find some cool spots to lie. It was strange to see all the road warning signs this afternoon on my drive home from work displaying warnings about the temps tomorrow and telling people to pack water and delay trips. I can't remember seeing that before.

Edited by jobo77, 07 January 2013 - 04:59 PM.

#4 Expelliarmus

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:19 PM

Well for us tomorrow will be cooler, so I might get some work around the house done!

It was 40 today, tomorrow's shaping up to be only 33 original.gif

#5 Escapin

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:24 PM

Hide in the airconditioned rooms in the house and hope like hell that's enough. (Luckily we're inner city Sydney so no chance of bush fires anywhere near us - can't imagine how scary that would be.)

#6 purpleblackqueen

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:24 PM

Although it will be 42- we are not in a fire zone. All I can do is plenty of cold water in fridge and ice/iceblocks in freezer.

Got dinner already organised, so just have to heat it up on the stove top.

Other than that I will worry and stress about my mum who is in the catastrophic area, as she can't get out of the house wihtout a lot of drama due to being on a walker and stairs at the front of her house and padlocked gates out back.

Edited by purpleblackqueen, 07 January 2013 - 05:25 PM.

#7 sparassidae

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:26 PM

Tomorrow's forcast of 43 is not unusual for summer here (Western Sydney) so doesn't need any planning. Thankfully we live in a house with aircon at the moment so it will be a quiet day with aircon on and playing computers/ tv.

If no aircon I would take them to Westfields to wander around lol.

Regardless, it will be windows and blinds open tonight then closed tomorrow morning. Water and iceblocks as needed.

It will be interesting to see if the power companies can keep up with the increased demand....

#8 lovedupmumma

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:33 PM

PBQ, I don't know how far you are from your mum, but I'd suggest she leave tonight if she's in a 'catastrophic' area and would have difficulty leaving. Is there anywhere she can go for a while till it passes?

We're not technically in a bush fire prone zone, but one street away is classed as such. Good for our insurance premiums, but I think as if we are in the zone.

#9 PrincessPinkenIt

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:36 PM

I'll be at work until about 2pm tomorrow with the Kids being at their grandparents until DH finishes work. Hopefully the In-laws remember what air con is for!
Not much is planned besides camping in the lounge room with the air con on.
Fingers crossed work isn't crazy with the heat causing problems.

#10 gab72

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:39 PM

It will be interesting to see if the power companies can keep up with the increased demand....

Yes, I wonder about this too.

#11 BVB09

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:40 PM

QLD is copping it on Wednesday, but lucky for me, I am returning to work !

#12 Baroness Bubbles

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:44 PM

Mke sur the fans are dust free, windows closed once the house cools a bit, and send the munchkin to preschool for longer than I normally would on my day off as they have air on and I don't.

Hope the fans and cold shower are enough for us, and make sure I give the dog her ice block (2 litre ice cream container with ham frozen in water)

#13 purpleblackqueen

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:45 PM

QUOTE (lovedupmumma @ 07/01/2013, 06:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
PBQ, I don't know how far you are from your mum, but I'd suggest she leave tonight if she's in a 'catastrophic' area and would have difficulty leaving. Is there anywhere she can go for a while till it passes?

We're not technically in a bush fire prone zone, but one street away is classed as such. Good for our insurance premiums, but I think as if we are in the zone.

I am 3.5 hours away from mum and it is too hard to get here out of there and up here, due to needing nursing care, meds that have to be ordered through the chemist. Not to menioned she will need my air con running (it will only be 37 down there and 42 here), she has no where else to go. Plus she wont leave my brother who is in respite care down there (again in the catastrophic zone)

All I do is hope and pray.

#14 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:45 PM

Cooler her tomorrow, 31 instead of 41. Will be cleaning and shopping and doing what I couldn't do today. Tonight we are having tuna and salads and ha as it's just too hot to cook.

#15 ElevenYears

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:52 PM

It will be interesting to see if the power companies can keep up with the increased demand....

The won't.  They never do.  Once the seaside suburbs hit about 38 degrees (meaning that all of Sydney is hot or very hot), everything goes to hell.  Power goes down, trains stop, traffic snarls up.  It's diabolical.

Sydney just doesn't cope with that sort of heat.

Here, we'll probably just stay inside, drink iced water, and stay as quiet as possible.  No a/c but we won't escape to the Westfield because I'm encouraging my husband to take the car to work.  He has a huge hike at the end of his train trip and the idea of him doing that in business clothes in 43 degrees is hideous.

#16 tle

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:59 PM

In a semi rural area here so DH is about to give me a "reminder" lesson in how to use the fire pump.

Other than that I've made arrangements of where I can take the kids and pets if fires threaten. I plan to stay and fight any potential fires (our biggest threat is grass fires - bush is not directly around our property) but I don't want to be worrying about what my kids are doing if I'm hosing down flames.

Heat wise, I've told the kids they'll only be having quick dips in the pool (because I don't want them sunburnt) and we'll have the aircon going (assuming no power outages), blinds/cutains shut and plenty of water.

Hmmm...that's just reminded me. Because we are on tank water here our water doesn't work without power. I better fill up plenty of water bottles just in case.

#17 Jembo

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:01 PM

We are regularly in the 40's where we live, tho think it will be a bit cooler tomorrow, is awfully muggy today.

We just spend most of the day inside (we have aircon) and late arvo/evening head to beach or the kids splash about in the paddling pool or the local pool.

#18 Cath42

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:04 PM

I think that if it really does hit 43 in Sydney/Wollongong tomorrow, it's going to be catastrophic. I grew up in Brisbane and lived in Darwin for 5 years as an adult, so I'm no stranger to hot and humid weather. But Sydney is not built for these temperatures. Few people have airconditioning, and most areas are densely populated. In 1937, when it hit 45 degrees one day, 70-something people died. People died on New Years Day in 2006 when it hit 44. If is honestly is going to hit 43 tomorrow, some people will die (probably elderly people, and I'd be particularly concerned for those in western Sydney).

As for what I'm doing, I'm taking my 2-year-old to family day care because his carer has airconditioning. I don't have airconditioning, or even fans, so he needs to be somewhere other than home. My 3-year-old (4 later this month) is having a 5-day holiday with my parents in Canberra, so he's not an issue. I'm taking the day off work and taking my 11-year-old and my 8-year-old to the movies at Westfield Shoppingtown, where we can stay all afternoon if it really is hot.

I'm rarely a drama queen, but I think we may see some fairly dreadful scenes in Sydney tomorrow.

Edited by Cath42, 07 January 2013 - 06:05 PM.

#19 ~iMum~

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:06 PM

I have a fully air conditioned house and am not in an affected area. Wish I could offer some respite for even some of you :-(

#20 *LucyE*

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:06 PM

Hmmm...that's just reminded me. Because we are on tank water here our water doesn't work without power. I better fill up plenty of water bottles just in case.

A back up generator is really handy for this. We got one after a period of stupid power black outs in our area (new housing development nearby and they kept cutting the lines).  I think DH said you can get them from about $400 these days. They won't run a whole house but can keep fridges, lights and pumps going.

#21 twinboys

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:08 PM

We have just moved to western Sydney so I wasn't sure what the conditions would be like - So I have prepaid/booked tickets for a 9.30am movie tomorrow so we will spend several hours at the shopping centre.

#22 melmax

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:21 PM

Apparently we are in a catastrophic area (an hour out of Canberra). My 2 boys and I are heading into town early in the morning to paddle in a friends pool  original.gif

#23 Feral-Lausii

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:29 PM

Not really too bothered by it, got used of weeks on end of 40 + degree days in rural NSW. So one day of over 40 is nothing really. In Western Sydney, probably take kids to pool (indoor) then home for air con. No different from any other day.

#24 Sassenach2

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:35 PM

We are holidaying in the Kiama/Shoalhaven area and it is a catastrophic area, so we are getting up really early to get to Canberra before the absolute heat. ddown.gif

#25 cheekymonkeysmum

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:48 PM

We will have the air con on have plenty it ice drinks and ice blocks we have already tripled ds's meds (ds can't handle the heat if he gets to hot he will have a blood glucose crash so need to keeps his meds up).

And in the afternoon when our back yard is shaded I will fill up Ds's splash pool up and let him have a swim.

We are expected to have 37 tomorrow though funny thing is 3 suburbs over and about 20 min drive they are expecting 43 funny how the heat and temp works.

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