Heat Taking Its Toll in SA

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 10:10
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It has just been reported that over the last few days, 37 elderly people have died here in SA. It has yet to be confirmed, but most are believed to have been caused by our extreme heat. We still have another week of it, so if any you reading this forum have elderly relatives living here in SA, give them a call to check on their well being.
Another contributing factor is the very frequent power blackouts, many places loosing power for up to 12 hours at a time.

Stay cool where ever you may be.

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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 10:24

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 10:24
G'day Stephen

Both our mobiles received text messages from the SA Government last night telling us to stay cool......lol

I wonder how many people died last year this time? Media likes a frenzy. All the more so to push the Global Warming/Climate Change hooha

Must say it was warm yesterday..... so we hid in the house most of the day with aircon working overtime :-)

Yeah, I am straying cool this time


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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 10:38

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 10:38
Hi Willem,
We received the SMS message last night as well. Just imagine receiving the message if your power was out, how do you keep cool then.

Take care and keep cool

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Follow Up By: Des Lexic Berri SA - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 10:55

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 10:55
Yes I got the message too, at 1.45am this morning. Not happy Jan.
Hibernating too. Coolest day so far this week was low 43's and highest just over 48.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 11:10

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 11:10
Hi Des Lexic
My message was at 11.47pm. We had similar heat the week before Easter last year up your way in the Renmark Caravan Park. When it dropped down to 38, is was a real cool change.

Keep Cool

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Follow Up By: Top End Explorer Tours - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 11:30

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 11:30
We got the message on our phones at 9 pm, we live in Kakadu, not only that Darwin had the lowest high temp of all the capitol cities yesterday.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 11:45

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 11:45
Hi Steve
I even noticed that even Alice Springs has not been real hot lately, which is very strange for this time of the year. My son is a surveyor and gets to travel our great country with the company that we works with for his work. He has been working up in Moomba, but now has a 6 month stint in Blacktip (Building new gas terminal at Wadeye - Port Keats) When he arrived back home just before Christmas, he said that after that tropical weather, he would rather be working out in the 46C heat at Moomba. I told him he will change his mind at the start of your dry season.

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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 15:39

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 15:39
Gday Stephen,
Alice Springs not hot?
It was 43 in town before we went camping on Aust. Day and Ill garuntee you that it was a lot hotter than that out bush!!!
Mind you.....we are a lot tougher than the blouses down south and dont all spend the summer in front of the aircond. Hahahaha

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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 15:47

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 15:47
Forgot to say too.....The TV may only say 37 or something but we have had more rain in the last few months than I can remember....37 and humidity is quite warm enough....
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 16:26

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 16:26
you guys must have voted for Rann
he didnt send me a message
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 17:44

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 17:44
Hi Hairy
I know it has been very warm up there recently. The temperatures on TV have dropped some what. The weather in Alice has certainly changed over the years. There are quite a few ex Alice residence now living here in Clare. They all have mentioned that the worst part of any summer up there now is the humidity. Like I said of my son, that has been working up in Moomba in 46 + temperatures outside surveying, now doing a 6 month stint in Blacktip, up in the Top End. The humidity is the real killer and a good clear heat is workable.

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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 17:50

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 17:50
Gday Stephen,
Who are the ex-Alice people? Not Bobby..or Barney???

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 19:07

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 19:07
Hi Hairy,
There are many people but here are a couple, Herman Weber, they lived in the Alice for over 40 years, Horrie and Jeanie Mills, 20 years in Alice, and 20 old years prior to that in Darwin, Joe Champman, Pat and Phil Flood, Carolyn Lambert, Vicki Short and her Husband (Vicki was in the NT Police). As for Bobby Pearce, he was a Clare local, went to live in Alice for a few years and then came back. Barney Maynard, again, a Clare born lad and back and forth.

Having said that, you would know Peter Brooks. Made the shift up there years ago and would not leave Alice Springs. My sister has been up there now for over 15 years. Love the place. She tried to settle back down hear in SA again, but the lure of the Alice got the better of her.

Herman reckons that the humid weather seems to have started in the last 20 years or so. When we first went to the Alice in the early 1970's, the summers were hot and dry.

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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 19:15

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 19:15
Gday Stephen,
Herman is right......20 years ago it was a dry heat...not now.
Yeah Bobby left about 18 years ago....I still see Barney, he usually stays the night at my place on his yearly migration from Nth to Sth.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 20:01

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 20:01
Hi Hairy
If you know of Bobby and Barney, you would have also known Garry Slan. He move to the Alice with Bobby, stayed on, was a great dirt bike rider, but sadly died of cancer.

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Reply By: DIO - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 11:23

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 11:23
NO fellas, you got it all wrong, it's really Victoria that's suffering from the extreme heat (3 successive days in excess of 40C - according to most media reports). Sure there are bushfires taking a toll on property, but that happens every year without fail. The blackouts are not affecting everyone state-wide.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 11:32

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 11:32
Hi DIO
If we only had 3 days in a row, we would not be complaining. We are now going into our 6th day in a row over 40

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Follow Up By: Member - Dennis P (Scotland) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 11:32

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 11:32
Geez, you are some piece of work!!
37 people HAVE died in SA and you think it is appropriate to make your usual flippant take on things.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 12:14

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 12:14
gday Dennis

what else would you expect from him?
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Follow Up By: Member - Dennis P (Scotland) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 12:26

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 12:26
G'day Mark,
Yeah, you are right, I didn't think anyone could sink that low, I forgot about the Village IDIOt and his 1 brain cell, sorry bout that.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 12:34

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 12:34
Dennis

how they allow this bloke to post continual remarks like that is above me.
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Follow Up By: Louie the fly (SA) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 12:51

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 12:51
G'day Mark. I think it's called "selective freedom of speech".

DIO, FYI, since the 26th we've had consecutive maximums in Adelaide of 36.6, 43.2, 45.7, 43.4, 43.1 & 41.1. The forecast for the next week is 40 (today but currently only about 35), 39, 38, 38, 37, 35 & 30.

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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 16:34

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 16:34
even on the news most heatwave affects seem to be happening in vic...at least that is what they are trying to tell the rest of australia

maybe we dont exist to victorians
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 16:52

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 16:52
dio says "(3 successive days in excess of 40C - according to most media reports)"

could he really be taking the peees out of the vics

i've noticed that most reports out of vic hardly even mention sa's heatwave mmmm maybe they think its only happening to them...we did send them a fax letting them know didnt we......didnt we ????
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Follow Up By: Louie the fly (SA) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 17:01

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 17:01
Numero uno, I suppose 35+ sudden deaths isn't as newsworthy as Nadal having to play a 5 setter in 35° heat.

could he really be taking the peees out of the vics?? Either that or he's peees'd!

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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 11:22

Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 11:22
Its not the absolute value that causes the problem , but rather the impact in relation to what you are used to.

The 3 days in victoria 43,44 and 45 degrees represent an all time record for those people - this is what does the damage and many in victoria have died as a direct result as well.
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Reply By: Lotzi - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 11:28

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 11:28
Hi All

Watching today show interview on friday morning when said power outage was on, interviewee noted that after repeated phone attempts on power companies emergency number, message from power company said that you should check their web site for further information.... I must have missed something there..
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Reply By: Louie the fly (SA) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 12:30

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 12:30
Today started out not bad but I just went out to say goodbye to a visitor and it was getting damn hot again. The cloud is burning off and sun is shining through. I tried to ring my pop the other night (90, lives by himself in the city) but couldn't get hold of him. So I rand an uncle that lives down the street from him. They went over earlier and he had his aircon off and was sitting in front of a small fan. Apparently he said he'd lost 2 fowls during the week. My uncle said "so turn your f'n air conditioner on then".

We had all our sport canceled yesterday but fortunately they've forecast 30 for next Saturday so at least we'll get a few overs bowled.

trying to stay cool...

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Reply By: That Troopy Bloke (SA) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 12:46

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 12:46
I'm glad that everyone got that SMS...I presumed that it was a message that they sent to the elderly. I'm still on the right side of 50 (only just), so I was a bit offended that I was possibly considered elderly :-)
The ironic part is that many of the elderly don't have mobile phones, so wouldn't receive the SMS.

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Follow Up By: Louie the fly (SA) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 12:54

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 12:54
My wife got it but I didn't. Maybe coz I'm not with Telstra. Either that or she must be old. Great idea though with the 1800 number.

Louie

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Follow Up By: Member - Littleborgy (SA) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 18:41

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 18:41
Geez, you guys are making me feel old now LOL... I'm only 24 & i got the text message last night... Probably was a Telstra thing, i've had texts from them before at Easter & Christmas time...

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Follow Up By: Pete Jackman (SA) - Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 15:02

Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 15:02
We have three vodafone and one optus mobile in the house - no text for us.
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Reply By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 14:00

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 14:00
Hi to you all, I feel for you people over there, I remember spending a very hot summer at Loxton in the early sixties, I spent the summer with my grandparents there and I still think it is the hottest summer I can recall. I was only a kid at the time and I remember the only way to stay cool was to lay on the lino floor under the bed. My grandparents had a house on the banks of the Murray and even looking at the water didn't cool us down. Certainly the hottest Christmas I've had and we have lived in some hot places here in WA. Hope it starts cooling off soon for you all.

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Reply By: Member - lyndon K (SA) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 18:39

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 18:39
We also received the text message and live in Darwin!
Glad we have left the desert of SA and moved to the cool of the NT :)
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 16:11

Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 16:11
I think the text message must be for Telstra users only. Not surprising really when you consider these people will be hotter under the collar than most. Terrible service coupled with the worst plans money can buy will do this for you. :)
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