If the ads are anything to go by, now is the time of year when people pack up the car with an Esky, an insufficient amount of sunscreen, two surfboards, six models and a Bluetooth speaker, and head down to an empty beach.
Not me, I will be enjoying the great indoors because my pale skin makes Casper the Friendly Ghost look tanned and I’m afraid the way it reflects the sun may blind innocents. But back in the days when I did venture out into the world in summer, I learned several valuable lessons the expensive way.
The biggest thing I realised about summer was the weather forecast is not likely going to be the temperature you and your outdoor tech experience.
The Bureau of Meteorology uses thermometers shaded in a box known as a Stevenson screen. It’s painted white to reduce heat absorption, it’s away from buildings and trees to avoid heat reflection, it’s 1.2m off the ground over grass instead of concrete (there can be as much as 7 degrees difference between the ground and 2 metres up), and has louvres to allow good airflow. Basically, those thermometers are as comfortable as you wish you were on a summer’s day.