IT'S 5.30am and just like any other morning, I'm just about to pick up my bag and head out the door to work.
At most it's half-an-hour since I stepped out of the shower, slipped into my office clothes and sat down for a muesli breakfast and a coffee.
And just like any other morning for about six months of every year, before I've even left the house I'm sweating.
Heatwave or not, summer in Queensland is uncomfortable and there's no keeping it within the three-month seasonal bounds that apply in other parts of the country.
I will never understand why so many people spend the (really very mild here on the Sunshine Coast) winter wishing it was too hot to go outside without getting heat stroke and severe sunburn.
Summer days are great before 9am and after 5pm.
Even if there is a great body of water to splash into during the hours between, it takes about 10 minutes before I start to burn.
Even finding a shady spot doesn't take the edge off.
The only saving grace is I find myself more eager to get to the office on weekday mornings so I can cool down in the air-conditioning.
Welcome to the Queensland summer.
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