Via The Guardian: Two weeks of 43C in Birdsville: 'We’ve always got a back-up for beer'. Excerpt:
The Australian outback town of Birdsville is famously hot but record-breaking conditions have pushed the mercury north of 43ºC[109ºF] every day since 26 January, Australia Day.
The temperature has only dipped below 40ºC on five days so far this year in the Queensland desert community, and not once since 23 January when some rain kept it down to 37.5ºC [99.5ºF].
Ben Fullagar, manager of the historic Birdsville pub, said he had become used to the heat in the four years he has lived in the remote town, but “you notice it when it doesn’t drop at night”.
“The first summer is always the hardest ... but you kind of do acclimatise. We’re very hot but low-humidity, so it’s not a sweaty, unpleasant type of heat.
“We’ve got some staff here on their first summer though and they’re feeling it.”
Otherwise life goes on, Fullagar said.
It helps that the pub maintains an air-conditioned 24ºC [75ºF]. “It is one of the more comfy places in town, so as soon as people knock off work they’re in for a drink,” he told Guardian Australia.
“It’s fairly business-as-usual but if they’ve got work that’s particularly hot they might start at 4 or 5 am instead of 7am.”
The main concern for the pub is to keep its equipment running.
“Nothing is designed for that kind of abuse,” he said. “We have hoses set up to keep motors cool.”
There’s some concern for next week when the temperature is forecast to be in the mid-40s every day, he said, but the beer is safe.
“We’ve always got back-up equipment for cold beer.”
The story does not explain how Australia will continue to have the water and temperatures to grow the grain and hops it will need for beer in, say, the 2020s. Without them, the consequences for Australian public health do not bear thinking about.