The weather records don't end there, either. Six of the hottest 20 days on record have occurred since the start of 2013. It is only the ninth day of the year. Perth is averaging its hottest summer yet.
This recipe is for days like Monday.
It is for days when you think the temperature forecast can't possibly come true, but then it does.
It is for days when you return from work so hot and sticky that you need a shower straight away, immediately, because the air conditioning system at your workplace couldn't cope with humid 40'C conditions.
It is for days when fires blaze across multiple states, destroying land and homes and even lives, with terrible ferocity.
It is for days when the Prime Minister tells you to expect more heat waves in coming years, due to the ongoing effects of global warming. Frankly, I would have preferred some practical promises for alternative energy solutions, rather than foreboding dismal times ahead, but that is a different topic.
This is also a recipe for summer days that bring welcome relief, when you open every window and door in your house in the novelty of fresh, non-scorching air.
And it is even a recipe for those of you who are not in Australia, and who perhaps are in the middle of winter. If you eat it in front of a heater and shut your eyes - the tropical flavours may transport you here in spirit if not in temperature.
Tropical watermelon crush
Easy, refreshing, and almost entirely fruit-based
Serves 2, but could quite easily be eaten by 1
Vegan and low fat; food processor required
1 cup frozen watermelon pieces (if your watermelon has seeds, you will need to remove them pre-freezing or eat around the seeds at the end)
1/2 cup frozen raspberries (or other berries)
1/2 cup pineapple pieces, fresh or frozen
1/2 tsp coconut essence (optional, but recommended)
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
Combine the fruit and coconut essence in a food processor or high speed blender and process until well combined and icey.
With the food processor running, add the milk gradually.
I enjoyed this even more than the lemon, lime and bitters Frosty Fruits, and they are pretty good!
I am submitting this to Ricki's Wellness Weekend 10th to 14th January 2013.
If you're in Australia, how have you been keeping cool?