Man nar­rowly es­capes clutches of Bri­tish heat­wave

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A for­mer Pil­bar­ian has de­scribed his har­row­ing or­deal as he was al­most forced to sur­vive through a Bri­tish “heat­wave” last week.

Tem­per­a­tures were tipped to hit 30C in the moth­er­land, what they call a heat­wave but we know as win­ter.

Luck­ily for the Brits, this never even­tu­ated be­cause of an un­ex­pected change in winds. Paul Gra­ham left Kar­ratha for the Isle of Wight ear­lier this year and said de­spite avoid­ing the heat­wave, it had still been warm.

“I heard leg­ends about the English heat­wave so I made sure to take my sum­mer thongs with me,” he said.

“I wasn't pre­pared to risk a 27-de­gree day with full shoes.

“I had to wipe my brow at least three times to­day and I had to switch my third cup of tea for the day to a cooled squash bev­er­age.

“Air-con­di­tion­ers have at­ro­phied from dis­use and now, at our time of need, are prov­ing un­able to pro­vide even the most pa­thetic of air­flow.”

Mr Gra­ham said he could not go any­where with­out some­one men­tion­ing how warm it was.

Mean­while in Kar­ratha, it was touch­ing 30C for most of the week.

The weather has taken a turn in re­cent weeks on the Pil­bara coast, with warm sunny days tak­ing over from high winds, rain and cooler tem­per­a­tures.

Pic­ture: Joseph Dun­stan

Paul Gra­ham

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