While we in the northern hemisphere settle in for what seems like our tenth month of winter, Australians are facing quite a different problem. The land down under is known for being a pretty hardcore place to live, and this latest development further proves our point.
A cafe owner from Mildura in Australia proved a point about the intense heat this week. The man left a raw steak sitting in his parked car during a day at work. And when he returned, the steak was not just cooked - it was well done.
The Facebook post has captured the internet's attention, with hundreds of comments and thousands of shares. The image of the well-cooked steak sitting in the car is pretty shocking. And while the post is initially lighthearted and funny, there's actually an important message behind it, too.
So, for those of you who don't know, this is Australia.
via: ShutterstockWe're kidding, of course - although Australian news stories do have a tendency to get swept under the rug in favour of the rest of the world.
Here's a very stereotypically Australian image.
via: ShutterstockHonestly, though, it's famous for a few selected things - kangaroos, koalas, spiders, barbecues and beer in particular.
See what we mean?This GIF, taken from Kangaroo Dundee, is as stereotypically Australian as it gets.
Australia is also famous for something else, too.
via: ShutterstockIts extreme weather conditions are notorious - particularly the heat Australian residents face in the summer time.
In some parts of Australia, it's not just uncomfortable - it's dangerous.In 2009, the South East of Australia suffered such an intense heatwave that Mildura (a city in the region) set a record for twelve consecutive days of temperatures over 109 degrees Fahrenheit.
At least Australians have a sense of humour about it.
https://t.co/l9e9EWhjMH— good engrams (@good engrams)1513153652.0
At least they can find some sort of relief.
Remember that in the Australian summer it's illegal to go into a bottleshop and not say to the bloke working there… https://t.co/8IebIUBokx— Dave (@Dave)1513302993.0
Suffice it to say - it gets hot in Australia.
Australian summer weather shouldn’t be measured in degrees Celsius, but in the seconds it will take for the sun to… https://t.co/Q5f6qpimOG— Four Seasons Total Landscaping reception desk (@Four Seasons Total Landscaping reception desk)1511564688.0
This type of content is an absolute classic.In it, an Aussie policeman is able to fry an egg in a pan on his car bonnet, using only the heat from the sun.
This is Mildura, a city in Victoria, South East Australia.
via: ShutterstockWe've actually talked about it already - remember that city which set the record for the longest consecutive run of days with temperatures over 109 degrees?
This is Mildura Dockside Cafe.
via: FacebookIt's a picturesque little spot by the dockside marina in the city, and serves food and drinks for breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
A worker at the Cafe shared something quite shocking on their Facebook page.
via: FacebookHe shows a raw, porterhouse steak, left in a baking tray in his car, which he claims was parked in the shade.
The man left his car between 11am and 4pm.
via: FacebookAnd when he returned, the steak was totally cooked, just by the heat of the inside of his vehicle!
The man shared shocking images.
via: FacebookHe cut into the steak and saw it was cooked all the way through - there was no medium-rare areas here.
People were shocked by the images.
holy moly! 😱 https://t.co/yG8NTj7tDL— Dennis Uy (@Dennis Uy)1547642443.0
People felt sympathetic to these extreme conditions.
I hope ya’ll living in Australia are finding a way to escape the hot temps there while it is cold here and possibly… https://t.co/0pmHpuUt4F— Zach Sciascia (@Zach Sciascia)1547624324.0
The Facebook post of these images also came with an important message.The poster wrote, "With this heat wave please remember never to leave children, elderly or animals in the car. Always check on elderly neighbours, ensure your pets have a way to keep cool and cool drinking water."
When you see what the heat does to the steak, it's pretty scary.
It's so hot in Australia right now you can cook a steak in the car! This is why you should NEVER leave a child in a… https://t.co/6fnHkukKv0— Audrey Wilson Rantau (@Audrey Wilson Rantau)1547616491.0
Leaving dogs in hot cars can be hugely dangerous.Dogs can die in hot cars in as little as six minutes - times their owners may think are safe to quickly nip out and leave them behind.
This statistic is even more horrifying when you think about children.A quick search of the internet shows some true horror stories. If you're ever unsure just think: it's far better to be safe than sorry.
Facebook users were shocked by the images.One commenter said "A car turns into an oven. Get the message people!!"
Others were more sceptical.One wrote, "I'm sorry I'm calling bullshit. A car left IN THE SUN will get up to about 60 to 70 degrees C inside. In the shade? Nope. Not going to get "well done". It's a good message, but don't take people for fools."
Though the original poster stuck to his word.He responded to the comment, saying, "I also wasn't sure what would happen when I put it in there either. I was just as shocked at the result as many others have been."
Another user stood up for the OP.
via: FacebookThey commented with this picture of a warped plastic pen on a car seat, saying "Mildura melts pens I’m sure it could cook a steak."