Forty Degrees!


Untouched photo of Sunrise

Forty Degrees

Too hot to think

Only want to drink



Too hot all day

Nothing left to say

Like I oughta


Meh! You can write the rest of the poem yourselves! Human body temperatureย is 37C. Anything above that and your brain ceases to function! It is 40C today.

Fires are raging uncontrolled across much of the Cape Peninsular. People have had to evacuate homes. And while it is usual to have mountain fires at this time of year, and even necessary for the propagation of certain plants, such as protea, we don’t usually get them down among the houses. It is desperately dry, and very hot, with a slight breeze.

You hear the helicopters flying endlessly, tirelessly, taking one massive “bucket” load of water after another, trying to quench the flames. They fly until the last possible moment at night, and begin again at first light. They hope that they will put the fire out today. Otherwise, a bit of rain is forecast for tomorrow. You can read a bit about it here if you like Cape Town fires rage through the night.

Meanwhile, for those of us out of harm’s way, we can enjoy the pretty skies of yellow light as the sun filters through all that smoke. This untouched photo is of a sunrise a few years ago, at just such a time of fires on the mountains as we have now.



48 thoughts on “Forty Degrees!

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  2. Midwestern Plant Girl

    Forty degrees!
    I’m weak in the knees,
    Spring gave us a treat
    With holding off on the sleet

    What a difference a letter makes
    An F or C is all it takes
    To write a poem back to Scifi
    And different results apply!


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  4. Lucy

    Are your complaining again about too warm days? Want to trade? I have snow hahah ๐Ÿ™‚ Actually I’m also looking forward to hating the heat :))) Love the photo! Gorgeous sunset โค Have a great day!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Yes, sorry I am complaining again! There is warm – and then there is 42C – which is what it ended up being yesterday! Far too hot – the hottest it has been here in 100 years!
      On the plus side, it doesn’t really get cold here in winter! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Lucy

        Considering that we’ll have heavy snowfalls again starting tomorrow, sounds pretty good to me. I think I’ll pack my stuff and move there haha ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Hi Em ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your comment. We are safe here, though the air is full of the smell of smoke. A lot cooler today, the mountain top is in cloud, and I think they are winning with the fires. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Don’t worry Mr Baloney Head, Little Monkey and Mr Spaghetti Legs checked that the rescue organisations that they came from were safe – because they are in those areas. But all the animals are fine ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Garfield Hug

    Truly sorry to feel your scorcher heat and raging forest fires! Stay safe and may Cape Town cool off and hopefully have some rain๐Ÿ˜ฅ
    We are having 38C temps. No rain and thankfully no forests to burnโ˜บ
    Take careโ˜บ

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  6. faburlifekhloe

    I would love to see a beautiful sky like the one in your beautiful photo, but I didn’t like the fact the it hit 40 degrees and caused fires on the mountains ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Hope everything is back to normal soon! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  7. Thomas Peace (author)

    Sorry about all of the excessive heat!
    It’s been way below the norm (and freezing) temperature wise here in Illinois for the last 3 weeks. And today we have nasty freezing rain! We humans need to do better with regard to green energy and the environment!

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  8. ady

    It’s spectacular view !!!!!!!!! Oh,I wish I could see it live ๐Ÿ™‚ Is the color like that because of mountain fire ?

    I can understand,heat makes my brain too much racing around in restlessness and I can’t think about writing one word !

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  9. Miss C

    Freaking hell. That is hot! And just this morning in JHB, I was thinking winter is on its way. It’s terrible about the fires and I hope that they can put it out today. Glad you are safe.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I don’t remember the fires going right over the mountains from one side to the other like that. Hopefully today is the last hot day of summer!! ๐Ÿ™‚



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