Overnight, Melbourne, Australia, had the worst air quality in the world.
Apparently, the state’s chief health officer said that when the temperature is cooler overnight, the particulate matter can settle very low to the ground.
The sky is greyish instead of bright blue today. If you’re planning to come to our state on holiday (or any other state with bushfires and poor air quality), don’t forget to bring some kind of face mask just in case. Better to be safe than sorry. I might suggest if you have Asthma or any other breathing problem, stay away OR come to our capital, Melbourne, (and Canberra) a bit later.
Melbourne normally has excellent air quality, but Australia, in general, has the highest incidence of Asthma (per capita of course) in the world in normal years. There is much research on this, so I won’t give my opinion which is quite strong on the subject (as I have MCS and multiple food and chemical sensitivities as well as actual allergies which can make breathing a little difficult at times).
It may be only 32C (90F) in my suburb today, but as usual, I’m indoors with the air-conditioning switched on and taking it easy. I have no idea where the air comes from (that flows through the air-con system). I just hope its OK.
Just heard the news and apparently, some outdoor workers in Melbourne have ‘downed tools’. It’s too unhealthy to work. I feel desperately sorry for those, who work outdoors, who have to keep working.
In the meantime, the House Sparrows are making good use of my bowls of water I’ve ser out and finally, after some hesitation, a couple jumped into the large plastic saucer and had a splash (as well as drink) this afternoon. I find it interesting to observe some birds seem to be uncertain about the big saucer of water. Unfortunately today, all my ice cube trays in the freezer are full of fruit juice, so I can’t drop iceblocks in the water bowls like I usually do on a hot day.
Maybe I’ll empty the fruit blocks into a bag and fill the trays up with fresh water to freeze overnight (for tomorrow). There’s a cool change and some rain due for the days after that.
I noticed recently that when standing on the rim of this large plastic saucer some Sparrows were having trouble bending down to reach the water surface for a drink,
so I’ve obtained some pebbles to put in the centre of the saucer to create a lower perch for those that just want to quench their thirst, not jump in for a splash and ‘swim’.
One young avian lady stood on the edge of the metal water bowl for some time looking rather pensive and probably resenting the blast of hot air that comes from my air-conditioning outlet at the other end of my balcony, but at least there is shade behind the potted plants if she wants to seek shelter.