That’s what the temperature hit in Sydney today – 114.4F – the hottest day ever recorded. As you walked outside the heat hit you violently and even the grass was too hot to walk on.
I watered the garden deeply in the morning, yet at lunchtime many of my plants looked like they had given up.
The new growth on the citrus was frizzled
The silverbeet had melted
And the daikon was suffering.
I hope there is no lasting damage. A friend of mine in the mountains (where it was 46.5C/115.7F) lost a number of plants today, but i’m hoping mine will pull through.
Luckily we were safely in the air conditioned house, but I really feel for those (particularly sick and elderly people) with no way to keep cool.
Last summer we had only two days over 30 degrees. The difference this year is staggering, and much more like the years I remember from my childhood, although with more extremes.
I hope all the other Sydney gardeners coped OK today and that the weather in other parts of the world has been kinder.