Underground Living: Get Relief From The Heat


Our thoughts and reflections are with Lytton, British Columbia residents, who, on June 9, experienced searing temperatures of 49.6C (121.3F) (Editor, 2021) and lost lives and properties. If you live in Western Canada or the Pacific Northwest, please not over-extend yourself during the summer (Di Liberto, 2021).

Environment and Natural Resources Canada provides Public Weather Alerts for Canada. The Bureau of Meteorology (2021) offers national warnings to Australian residents. Likewise, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (2021) provides active alerts to US residents.

If your residence is partially or fully underground, you may have relief from the summer heat. Perhaps you, like residents of Coober Pedy, South Australia, could find this kind of home to be a refuge from the heat! Conditions for Coober Pedy with underground living can be stable and secure (Radford & Corvo, 2021). Perhaps this may spark subterranean homes and lifestyles as we experience sweltering temperatures. For a brief introduction to Australian conditions, see, for example, Lee Kernaghan (2019). He holds a prestigious Order of Australia medal.


Bureau of Meteorology (2021). National Warnings Summary

Di Liberto, T. (2021). Astounding heat obliterates all-time records across the Pacific Northwest and Canada in June 2021. climate.gov

Editor (2021). Canada weather: Dozens dead as heatwave shatters records. British Broadcasting Corporation 

Environment and Natural Resources Canada (2021). Public Weather Alerts for Canada

Kernaghan, L. (2019). Hat Town. YouTube 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (2021). Active Alerts

Radford, L & Corvo, S. (2020). Going underground – lessons for suburbia from subterranean Coober Pedy. Australian Broadcasting Corporation