Like Icarus of legend, Sydney flew too close to the Sun yesterday, then crashed and burned. 45.8°C, our hottest day ever, and this morning I went out, camera in hand, to inspect the damage. There was more than I thought last night, although any inspection done while the temperature is still around 37°C is bound to be a quick one.
|As this fascinating burn wasn't on the frangipani|
foliage yesterday morning, it must be due to the
heat. And that's what I noticed this morning: some
of the heat damage is a great photography subject!
|Look at this burnt Thai lime foliage – it's black.|
Actually burnt black. Must have been baby foliage
innocently popping out on the worst day of the year.
|Even in a normal summer these helleborus|
leaves will end up looking like this. Yesterday
morning they didn't look like this, so they
experienced 'fast forward' yesterday, a
whole summer of damage in eight hours.
|Eggplants are meant to like the heat, but I|
guess that's probably just up to a point.
Curled and crinkled, shaped like a serving dish.
|Cardamom leaves not only burn, they split|
when exposed to too much heat and sun.
Shade-lovers, they hate summer sunshine.
|Most of the strawberry patch survived well, but this plant|
next to the heat of the paving cooked to a crisp.
|The main victim in the garden was the|
cherry tomato patch, which basically carked it.
Life goes on of course, I'll plant something where the tomatoes grew, later on today. Showers are forecast, just 24°C the max, a lovely day most likely. Usually it turns out much more sunny than showery with such forecasts.
I suspect that many other Sydney gardeners are thinking the same things as me right now, with climate change predictions at the back of their minds. Are events like yesterday's scorchers likely to become more common from now on? You read about predictions of 'more extreme weather events more often'. The climate science says so, and I'm much more persuaded by science than any other argument. Alas, all I can conclude that yesterday was a taste of more of the same for many summers to come.