Two days ago the temperature topped 39C and the wind was the type that sucks the moisture from your eyeballs at the same time it squeezes the grit in. Today just after 8am it is already in the high 20's.
Last night there were gale force northerlies, rattling windows, blowing blinds and waking birds well before sparrow fart. Every little creak of the house seemed to be magnified and the echoes woke the dogs who lent the chorus of their barks to the cacophany.
Winds that were strong enough to blow a dog off a chain.
Living in the hills of Melbourne I fear days like today. The winds bring the threats of bushfires and the drought we have suffered for 10 years means that fuel is high and the ground dry. We are expecting some sort of cool change this afternoon but that will come with thunder storms which bring their own threats.