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A Christmas Heat Wave

John is passionate about human and animal rights, social justice, equality, and the environment, and likes to convey that in his writing.

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Image by Сергей Сидиченко from Pixabay

Record December Temperatures: Queensland and Mainland Australia

This time last year bushfires were raging across Australia due to high temperatures and following one of the longest droughts in history. We have had sporadic rainfall since then but once again December temperatures are skyrocketing.

We are currently experiencing another heatwave with many areas/cities and towns recording record maximums for this time of year. So far there are only a few active bushfires, with the most concerning one burning out of control on Frazer Island.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts as follows for December 2nd:

  • Inland maximum temperatures are forecast to be 8-10C above average
  • Goondiwindi is set to peak at 46C, with St George reaching 44C
  • Brisbane's predicted top temperature is 34C, with Ipswich expecting 40C.

BOM senior forecaster Felim Hanniffy said several locations around the state were set to approach December records in the wake of Queensland's second-warmest November. These temperatures are expected to ease briefly during the night and remain around 9 degrees lower for 24 hours before rising again by Friday 4th December, 2020. (source: abc news, Australia)

The following poem expresses what it is like in Australia during this heatwave. For those of you in the Northern Hemisphere it may be difficult for you to even imagine what this is like as many of you look forward to a white Christmas.


A Christmas Heat Wave

The bitumen melts in the heat,

The tar sticks to your tyres.

There’s water on the road ahead

But it’s only a mirage.

The car air-con is working hard,

As the arid landscape flashes by.

The drive is taking much too long

But you just have to endure.

I hope we get there after dark

When at least the Sun’s gone down.

A small respite from the heat,

But only for the night.

We said we’d come for Christmas

But I wished we’d stayed at home.

Though we haven’t seen you for a year

And have presents to give out.

Maybe there’ll be a cool change

Or it may even rain.

The weather man’s not always right

So I hope he’s not today.

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Image by vargazs from Pixabay

Finally we have arrived,

The Sun was kind at least.

It set as we approached the house,

Such a kindly ball of heat.

Greetings exchanged all around,

But be careful, not too close,

Social distancing’s in force.

Hugs and kisses we forgo.

Splash some water on your face

Better yet, take a cold shower.

It cools you down for a short while,

And stops you sweating out.

Air conditioners are humming,

Working overtime.

The electric bill will be a shock

But it’s not like there’s a choice.

Everyone’s lethargic,

Like limp towels on a rail.

Let’s pray the weather changes

And brings some Christmas cheer.

Cold meat and salad for the Christmas feast,

With the air-con droning on,

Or a lunchtime barbecue on the beach

In shade and with an ice-cold beer.

It seems that every summer

Is hotter than the one before.

Another record's broken,

Is there any end in store?

But some call climate change a farce,

They say it’s just a stage.

The Earth’s been through it all before,

So, when’s the next Ice Age?



© 2020 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 06, 2020:

Chrish, I imagine it is like summer all year round there in the Philippines, except you have a rainy season. But the climate has changed so much it is hard to know when that will even happen. Thank you for reading. Have a great Christmas and stay safe.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on December 05, 2020:

No question in Asia specifically in the Philippines, we've got enough natural disasters :'( I don't even know if it's summer or rainy season in here,,, what ever happen

Christmas is coming!!!! An awesome piece again Sir John

Have a great sunny day :-) lots of mix warm and cold love from the Philippines!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 05, 2020:

Thank you Brenda. I will try to stay as cool as possible. Hopefully, we won’t get stranded.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on December 05, 2020:


Wow! That is 102 F here.

That is way too hot to be stranded anywhere...least of all along a hot road.

Take care driving and watch those tires.

We use spray bottles, heat gear clothing that doesn't make one sweat, wear those wet bands around necks etc.

But if it's that hot...Stay inside and enjoy the air conditioning.

Glad you have it.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 05, 2020:

Thank you for reading and commenting, Brenda. Yes, you would find it hard to imagine a Christmas at the beach I am sure. Today it is 39C here and we are sweltering. Trying to stay in the aircon as much as possible, but have to drive places over the next two days. A spray bottle is a great idea too.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on December 05, 2020:


I have never experienced a Christmas where the weather is warm.

It is kind if hard to imagine Christmas at the beach with a barbecue.

It is 32°F tight now which I believe is 0° C.

We had our first measurable snowfall early this week and it is still lingering on the ground.

I hope you survive the heat. I would hate to drive seeing mirages.

Definitely keep a spray bottle filled with cold water on hand to mist yourself.

Glad this one got past duplicate.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 05, 2020:

Sorry to hear it is freezing there in Midwest USA, while we at experiencing the complete opposite. It is a pity we can’t just swap for a year to know what the other is going through. Thank you for reading, and I also wish you and yours a wonderful (and not too chilly) Christmas.

Alyssa from Ohio on December 05, 2020:

You had me at Heat Wave. I'm freezing up here in the Midwest US, and your poem had me reminiscing about long, hot summer days. I hope it cools down a little bit for you! Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 04, 2020:

Thank you Peggy, I wish you an enjoyable Christmas too.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 04, 2020:

I hope you enjoy your Christmas time of year despite the weather. Sending good wishes your way!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 04, 2020:

Wow...finally this has been reviewed and published. Glad it happened before Christmas. Have a great one everybody.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 02, 2020:

Well, this article/poem was hit with a ”duplicate” label and unpublished. I have totally changed it and resubmitted it but it is taking what seems forever to have it republished. It won’t appear on anyone's feed when it finally is, hence this comment.

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