Bring on the heat

The heat is about to hit.

Apart from a few isolated hot days, summer this year has been mild.  But if the forecast is to be believed we are heading for a couple of hot ones: 36 degrees today and 41 tomorrow.

It’s to be the start of a week of heat.

That should make the hordes of holiday-makers who have descended on Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove happy.  The beaches will be packed with mainly overweight, lily-white ‘city people’.  Or that’s my perception of them.  The “rubber necks”, as we locals refer to them.

Of course it’s their money, injected into the local economy during the short summer period, which keeps many local businesses afloat.

Barwon Heads normally has a population of less than 3000.  At this time of the year it balloons out to more than 10,000.  That inevitably places strains on the infrastructure and services.

Accessing data on the mobile phone networks in Ocean Grove and, to a lesser degree, Barwon Heads is annoyingly slow.  Trying to access a website on the iPhone or iPad more often than not results in a ‘network unavailable’ or ‘timed out’ message.  Phone calls drop out way too often.

Barwon Heads bridge traffic

Barwon Heads Bridge traffic in summer. The closest we get to a traffic jam!

Traffic congestion is commonplace in the main streets of both centres and across our prized Barwon River bridge, an inability to find a car park and mayhem at the local eateries and cafes, is so very hard to take.  Even though it lasts for only a few weeks of the year.

Little things, you say?  True enough.  But we become spoilt in our little sleepy seaside villages.  We live here to escape the city hurly-burly.  If we want that we head to Melbourne, or the bigger world beyond.

It’s two years since Kel and I moved back to the Surf Coast and already I’ve adopted an insular small-town attitude for which, surprisingly, I don’t feel the least bit apologetic.  Well, that’s how I’m feeling today anyway.


Bring on the heat.


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